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An early Ambrose Heal oak Arts & Crafts sideboard

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Early Ambrose Heal An oak Arts & Crafts sideboard, faceted front with a two door cupboard, doors of flush panel construction, these and the angled sides inlaid with ebony and boxwood diaper diamond motif, the one long drawer and the angled sides inset with ebony and boxwood chevron bands, bronzed drop handles with pie-crust edged backplates, overmantel, with a panelled back, also with the diamond and chevron inlay, faceted column supports to the top shelf, on plank and tapering faceted feet, designed by Ambrose Heal, circa 1900, 143cm (56.5in) high, 152cm (60in) wide, 55cm (21.5in) deep. See Sir Ambrose Heal & the Heal Cabinet Factory, 1897 - 1939 by Oliver S Heal, pp 159, 160, 163 for examples of the diamond and chevron inlay. Furniture designed by Ambrose Heal with such chevron and chequerboard inlay was shown at the Paris Exhibition in 1900. The stand, also with a chequerboard border, was designed by Ambrose Heal's cousin, the architect, Cecil Brewer. He designed the first re-build of the Tottenham Court Road premises in 1916, the right hand side of the building there today. SOLD

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