A MAGNIFICENT 19TH CENTURY INLAID AND MAPLE WOOD CREDENZA BY WILKINSONS & SONS, BOND STREET, LONDON - REF No. 4002
H: 89 in / 226 cm ; W: 106 in / 270 cm ; D: 17 in / 43 cm
Surmounted by a long rectangular mirrored back, above a central mirrored single door cabinet flanked by banded corinthian columns with bevelled mirrored panel, with an attendant pair of twin glazed cupboards, the entire decorated with applied cast brass banding and boxwood stringing, raised on platform base, stamped "Wilkinson & Sons", 2123, 8 Old Bond Street.
Literature:The firm of Wilkinson was established circa 1790 by William Wilkinson, working in partnership with a relation Thomas Wilkinson. By 1808 William had established a business of his own at 14 Ludgate Hill. From this prime location in the heart of the City, Wilkinson built up a flourishing trade, winning significant commissions from such distinguished clients as the Goldsmith's Company. A versatile designer and craftsman, Wilkinson worked in a variety of styles, producing furniture in the Egyptian, Rococo, and Grecian manner (see Christopher Gilbert and Geoffrey Beard eds., The Dictionary of English Furniture Makers 1660-1840, Leeds, 1986, pp. 977-978). An early Victorian table bearing the stamp `Wilkinson & Sons, 8 Old Bond Street, 5659', sold Sotheby's, Stokesay Court, 28 September 1994, lot 299. It would therefore appear that the firm moved to a Bond Street premises shortly after the 1840 dateline parameter in Beard and Gilbert's survey op. cit