Mid Century Afrormosia 'Volnay' Sideboard By John Herbert For Younger 1950s Vintage

Mid Century Afrormosia 'Volnay' Sideboard By John Herbert For Younger 1950s Vintage


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Mid-century afrormosia ‘Volnay’ sideboard by John Herbert for Younger, London c.1959

A beautiful mid-century modern sideboard designed by John Herbert in 1955 as part of the popular ‘Volnay’ range of furniture made by A. Younger Ltd until the mid-sixties. Exceptionally high-quality construction using traditional cabinet-making techniques: the top and end panels are crafted from 19mm thick panels of solid afrormosia (African teak) with a rich red/brown colour and fluid grain like slabs of molten chocolate. Drawer fronts and cupboard doors finished in a lighter teak veneer

Simple, elegantly sweeping mid-century lines with a bow-fronted top and distinctive large button-shaped handles.

Cupboards with adjustable shelves set either side of four graduated drawers - the upper drawer is baize-lined with dividers for cutlery. The baize shows some signs of wear.

The wood is in excellent condition with only minor blemishes consistent with half a century of well-cared for use. A few faint marks on the top. It has been gently cleaned and re-coated with Danish oil.

This is the more compact 5'6" version of this classic sideboard.

Approx. dimensions (cm): 168w x 49d x 83h


W168.0 x H83.0 x D49.0 cm



Wear condition



John Herbert



Date of manufacture


Place of origin

United Kingdom


Afrormosia; African teak


Mid 20th Century


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