Antique Epstein Art Deco Cocktail Cabinet c.1920
This is an excellent Art Deco Burr Walnut Cocktail Sideboard by Harry and Lou Epstein, C1920 in date.
Created from remarkable burr walnut veneers, it features a shaped form with a hinged central lid opening to reveal a peach mirror glass, maple lined and illuminated interior. The lower part has a serving slide above a useful drawer. The central pair of doors show fluted decoration and galleries to the interior.
This Art Deco cocktail sideboard is flanked by a pair of doors each opening to show a cupboard with central shelf and a drawer, one of which is equipped as a cutlery drawer.
It is fitted with the original ivorine handles and raised on a plinth base. It comes with working locks and keys.
It is a delightful piece which, with its timeless Art Deco lines, works well with contemporary interiors.
In excellent condition having been wonderfully restored in our workshops, please see photographs for confirmation.
This is a sizeable piece of art deco furniture, so please ensure that you measure where you would like to place it in your room. In centimeters it has a height of 104 cm, a width of 154 cm and a depth of 61cm This equates in feet and inches to a height of 3 feet, 5 inches, a width of 5 feet, 0 inches and depth of 2 feet, 0 inches.
Further information about Epstein furniture
Epstein furniture was originally launched in East London by Polish immigrants in the 1890s. The firm passed to brothers Harry and Lou Epstein and the pair switched their interest to the production of Art Deco forms from the 1930s until the 1950s.
Finished to high standards, most pieces were custom-made in veneers of burr maple, sycamore or walnut. The design of the famous ‘cloud’ seat furnishings is credited to Epstein and the firm also popularized the uniquely British taste in three-piece suite furniture.
Following World War II, Epstein had showrooms in London, Manchester and Glasgow. A conservative Art Deco style became the company`s trademark after the war and most pieces were made from bleached walnut. Art Deco pieces are not signed.
From the 1960s, some pieces were branded ‘H. & L. Epstein’ or ‘Epstein & Goldman’.
Art Deco or Deco
This is an important visual arts design style which first developed in France during the 1920s, and then blossomed internationally during the 30s and 40s.
It is an eclectic style that combines traditional craft motifs with Machine Age imagery and materials. The style is often distinguished by rich colours, bold geometric shapes, and lavish ornamentation.
Deco emerged from the Interwar period when rapid industrialization was transforming popular culture. One of its major attributes is an embrace of technology. This distinguishes Deco from the organic motifs favored by its forerunner Art Nouveau.
Historian Bevis Hillier defined Art Deco as “an assertively modern style…[that] ran to symmetry rather than asymmetry, and to the rectilinear rather than the curvilinear; it responded to the demands of the machine and of new material…[and] the requirements of mass production”.
During its heyday Art Deco depicted luxury, glamour, exuberance, and faith in societal and technological progress.
This refers to the swirling figure present in nearly all walnut when cut and polished, and especially in the wood taken from the base of the tree where it joins the roots. However the true burr is a rare growth on the tree where hundreds of very small branches have started to grow. Burr walnut creates some of the most elaborate and striking figuring you can find in any wood.
Extra Information and Viewing
We are always delighted to showcase off our beautiful art deco pieces, of which we have many in our North London warehouse. Simply call or email to make an visit quoting reference 07689, and one of our experts will be at your disposal to show you around and discuss these and any other items that you may like.
We ship this art deco cocktail cabinet to any location globally, please call for a quotation before ordering the product to make sure we can fully meet your specifications. We are pleased to be able to ship free of charge to any mainland UK place.