Sideboards, Buffets, Servers
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Sideboard | Colombo Stile | Italy | 1980s
Marquetry commode with pull-out bar interior was manufactured by Colombo Stile, Italy in the 1980s and sold in America by Baker Furniture.
The separate breccia marble top rests upon a palisander ( rosewood ) carcass with ebonized sides and large gold beaded trim under the top.
The two front feet are a tall melon shape with carved stylized Art Deco scrolls.
Behind the double doors is a burl figured wood interior with two top deep storage drawers that open with brass bail pulls on octagonal plates.
The interior base pulls out via two brass knobs at the front for use as a bar.
60ʺW × 25.5ʺD × 34ʺH
Cocktail Sideboard | Ronson, Herons of London | 1953
Transitional post-war cocktail sideboard from England.
The shaped oak carcass is veneered in sugar maple in bird's eye and finger curl figures. The trim, shaped backboard, and baseboard are of dark straight-cut red walnut.
The cocktail cabinet is inset into the center top. It is a barrel-style opening mechanism originated by designer Ronald Sadow for Beautility and based on roll top desk designs. The mechanism is triggered by tugging the brass pull on drinks prep station below the cabinet panel. When the panel opens, the inside light turns on and reflects off of the mirrored interior.
Below the drinks prep station are two deep storage drawers with round fretwork pulls.
To the sides are rounded-front single door cabinets with one standard shelf in each. The mounts are brass fretwork scutcheons and round pulls. The cabinet interiors are lined with mahogany wood.
We attribute this piece to Heron Son Dining Room Furniture of Distinction, also known as Herons of London, started as Ronson Furniture in 1953.
The Heron name was created by Gerald Ronson and referenced his father's name, Henry Ronson.
Heron seemed to "borrow" from Beautility Furniture designs, except they used maple veneer on their designs.
Due to legal issues and growing interests in real estate, Ronson / Heron Furniture did not continue manufacturing after 1957, if not before.
Inside the left cabinet door is a British Standard Institutes ( BSI ) "kite mark" and regulation number 1960, introduced in 1953 for "domestic furniture constructed mainly of wood". The furniture company license number is 2066. Each furniture company was assigned a different number, withdrawn in 1977, and records were not maintained. We do not know for sure that Heron carried the 2066 license; however, based on other maple cocktail sideboards we have seen from Heron, we feel comfortable making the attribution.
54.25ʺW × 20ʺD × 37.25ʺH
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1905 Gauthier-Poinsignon École de Nancy Main Buffet
The carcase is of the local antediluvian oak that Gauthier utilized with cupboard door fronts in a burry cut.
The pulls are in gilded bronze and designed to match the carved motifs based on natural elements.
Other features include a beveled mirror at center, beveled glass windows on each of the side doors, and adjustable shelves in the storage cabinets.
For transport this item may be broken down into five pieces.
63ʺW × 22ʺD × 79.5ʺH