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Windsor Sideboard On Castors In Elm By Ercol

Windsor Sideboard On Castors In Elm By Ercol

Windsor Sideboard On Castors In Elm By Ercol

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A wonderful vintage Ercol elm sideboard on castors. This midcentury credenza in Ercol’s Light color has a wonderful patina. A really beautiful piece, the table has two large drawers that sit below a large, shelved double cupboard and a single cupboard with removable cutlery tray. This sideboard has lots of storage space, looks stylish from all angles and has its original castors, making it easy to move around.

Condition is super as we've had the top, front and sides of the cabinet refinished to a high standard by a professional furniture restorer. All items of this age will show some signs of use commensurate with their age. Please ask if you'd like any further detail re condition.

H76 x W130 x D44cm

In 1889, Italian-born Lucian Ercolani (1888-1976) immigrated with his parents to England, settling in East London. His father—who constructed picture frames for the Uffizi Gallery in Florence and took up work as a carpenter for the Salvation Army in London—urged Ercolani to follow in his footsteps. Ercolani studied drawing and design at the Shoreditch Technical Institute, before sitting the City & Guild exams in the theory and construction of furniture. In 1907, he made his first piece of furniture, a musical cabinet. At school he met Ted Gomme, the man who would later co-found G-Plan, and with whom he developed a lifelong friendship which outlived their working relationship, which lasted until 1920.

In 1910, Ercolani was hired by the influential Harry Parker in High Wycombe from Frederick Parker furniture—which later became known as Parker-Knoll . Ten years later with the investment of local businessmen, Ercolani founded Furniture Industries in High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire, the company that became Ercol. His aim was to sell well-designed furniture, made by highly-skilled craftsmen who took pride in their work. This worked well for Ercol, and the company expanded in 1932, when Ercolani bought over Walter Skulls Ltd., a struggling but well-respected chair manufacturer.

Like many British firms, Ercol supported the war effort, producing over 25,000 tent pegs a day, while both of Lucian’s sons, who worked in the family business, fought in the war. In 1944, Ercol was offered a huge contract to supply the Board of Trade with 100,000 low cost Windsor chairs. Ercol had uncovered a new way of utilizing elm, a natural resource in the High Wycombe forest that had been neglected as a timber due to its unruly and brittle nature. Using a special technique and new machinery, Ercol was able to manipulate the elm into a beautiful product. The process began with natural seasoning—drying the wood for one to two years outside—followed by kilning—steaming the wood in a large, enclosed room. In 1947, the first pieces from their Windsor Collection were available for purchase—which Ercol exhibited the year previously at the Britain Can Make It exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. Ercol’s collection of mass-produced furniture found a ready-made market in post-war Britain, which demanded smaller pieces with simpler lines than their more bulky pre-war counterparts.

Dimensions

W130.0 x H76.0 x D44.0 cm

Condition

Used

Wear condition

Good

Brand/manufacturer

Ercol

Date of manufacture

1960s

Place of origin

United Kingdom

Period

Mid 20th Century

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VAT status

Seller is VAT registered

SKU

98917758
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