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Item details

Height

89.0 cm

Width

137.5 cm

Depth

48.0 cm

Wear conditions Wear conditions

Good

Wear conditions

Excellent

Shows little to no signs of wear and tear.

Good

May show slight traces of use in keeping with age. Most vintage and antique items fit into this condition.

Average

Likely to show signs of some light scratching and ageing but still remains in a fair condition.

Apparent Wear and Tear

Visible signs of previous use including scratches, chips or stains.

Please refer to condition report, images or make a seller enquiry for additional information.

Description

This substantial solid wood cocktail cabinet by iconic British furniture maker Beautility was manufactured in the 1950's, but is presented in the distinctive style of the Art Deco period. Curvaceous and glamorous, the restrained exterior has been handpainted in a durable black mineral paint and varnished with an extra hardwearing topcoat with a satin sheen. The gorgeous book-matched walnut veneer has been carefully revealed and protected by a satin hard wax oil to enhance the sumptuous sheen and nourish and protect the wood for generations to come.

Meticulous preparation and a rigorous approach to process is fundamental to my work. The underlying quality of the piece itself, thorough preparation of the surface to be painted and the use of premium products is key to a durable and lasting outcome. Function is as important to me as the aesthetic and everything works exactly as it should.

The interior is as exuberant as the exterior is restrained! The little cubby holes for glass storage and the inside of the cupboards - which provide ample storage for many, many bottles - have been painted in a luxurious antique gold and lacquered in layers to provide extra protection from wear. The interior of the doors and the cubby holes have been decoupaged with an opulent Art Deco style paper by designers Zoffany, which complements the gold, black and walnut of the overall design scheme.

The drop down central bar section has new mirrors at the back and on the door, but I have retained the original Beautility gold striped mirror as it is in excellent condition for a vintage item. The two small mirrors at the back of the cubby holes are original and therefore show some tiny marks, which can't be easily seen. Gold and black stripes complete the Golden Age glamour of this beautiful piece of furniture.

The drawers are lined with tan leather, which has been conditioned with lavender scented beeswax. The two cubbies and the central drop down bar are illuminated by remote control LED lighting for night time fabulousness....

All hardware is original and has been removed, cleaned and painted. The restrained exterior ensures that this substantial piece of statement furniture will complement both contemporary and traditional interior schemes.

PHOTOS. I have tried to take photos in as many different lights as possible...natural light, overhead light, with cabinet lights on and with photographer's light.

A NOTE OF HISTORICAL INTEREST
Beautility was established by Simon Sadovsky in 1896 in Shoreditch. Sadovsky arrived in England from Russia in 1885 and probably initially worked for Harris Lebus or one of the other firms in the East End. His first work was English Revival furniture in mahogany and walnut. He was later joined by three sons, Ronald, Gerald and Harvey. Ronald went to the USA to study modern production methods and Harvey concentrated on publicity, advertising and marketing. By 1927 the firm had moved to larger premises in Hackney Road and in 1930, after Simon's death, the sons moved to a spacious, specially built factory at Angel Road, Edmonton. The firm adopted the brand name Beautility, which Harvey created. It became a public company in 1935. The firm continued to prosper and Ronald and Gerald retired in 1957, Harvey having died in the war. The firm was purchased by Isaac Wolfson's Great Universal Stores and then passed on to Bowater's who sold it, together with the Beautility name, to F Austin for just £1. It terminated with Austinsuite in 1982. (Excerpt by courtesy of Massil, 'Immigrant Furniture Workers in London 1881-1939' (1997).

Condition report:

I pride myself on only buying quality pieces of vintage furniture and whilst they have been professionally refurbished and refinished they may show traces of their history. This piece is in overall excellent vintage condition with any repairs being invisible to the eye. Note I have mentioned the tiny scratches on the cubby mirrors, which are barely visible. Tiny areas of veneer have been invisibly repaired.

Additional dimensions information:

52cm deep into the bow. 91.5cm high to top of back stand up.

Material
Paper, Walnut
Manufactured
Origin
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Item location
Wadhurst, East Sussex, United Kingdom
Period
Mid 20th Century
Designer
Unknown
Condition
Refurbished

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I originally trained as an artist and after a successful career on canvas I have become increasingly fascinated by painting on furniture, specifically, in rescuing vintage wood furniture which can be re-designed for a new life and purpose rather than ending up in landfill. I believe it makes ecological sense to re-use, re-purpose and re-design. I restore all kinds of furniture, selecting pieces very carefully for their condition, individuality and general appeal. I love to create maximalist, statement pieces which are entirely unique.

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