A SUPERB PAIR OF LATE 19TH CENTURY COMMODES BY EDWARD & ROBERTS - REF No. 4035
H: 34 in / 86.3 cm ; W: 46 3/4 in / 118.7 cm ; D: 23 3/4 in / 60.3 cm
A stunning pair of late 19th century commodes in the style of William Moore firmly attributed to Edwards & Roberts, London in the George III style with inlaid satinwood, rosewood and burr walnut.The crossbanded tops, single panel door fronts and sides, with ribbon and bellflower swags, artists palette, torches, quiver and arrow decoration within chequered banding and raised on short square tapering legs and spade feet. Number 5166 stamped on drawer.
Edwards & Roberts was founded in 1845, and had premises at 21 Wardour Street London. By 1892 they occupied more than a dozen buildings in Wardour Street, where they continued to trade until the end of the century. They became one of the leading London cabinet makers and retailers working in a variety of styles, both modern and revivalist. Their business also involved retailing, adapting and restoring the finest antique furniture and there are many examples of their earlier furniture with later embellishments bearing their stamp. Edwards & Roberts specialized in marquetry, inlay and ormolu. Edwards & Roberts was one of the principal London companies working in the taste of the late 18th century. They started business in 1845 and by 1854 were trading as "Edwards & Roberts, 21 Wardour Street, Antique and Modern Cabinet Makers and Importers of Ancient Furniture". Wardour Street became an important furniture retailing area in the second half of the 19th century. The firm carried a fine and complete library of the old designers (i.e. Chippendale, Adam, Hepplewhite and Sheraton)