19C Collinson & Lock Corner Cabinet.

19C Collinson & Lock Corner Cabinet.

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19C Collinson & Lock Corner Cabinet


GORGEOUS late 19th Century British made corner cabinet……made of beautiful rosewood and profusely inlaid with marquetry and faux ivory.

Made circa 1875 – 1890.

A set of 4 beveled mirrors to the rear make for 3D displays.

19C Collinson & Lock Corner Cabinet.

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Beautifully made and REALLY TOP  QUALITY piece !!!



19C Collinson & Lock Corner Cabinet.

The cabinet stands on finely carved and fluted legs to the front and more solid supports to the rear with 2 open shelves.

The base front has 2 doors that open to reveal 2 shelves. The front of each door is heavily inlaid with marquetry depicting urns, flowers, vases etc. It is also heavily inlaid with finely carved and hand-painted faux ivory sections depicting cherubs and faces on the flowers.

Similarly, the display top is heavily inlaid with marquetry and faux ivory in similar depictions to the base.

The display section also has a shelf and the top levels are each bordered by a pointed wooden finial.

It is edged and banded in gorgeous dark moldings.

Photos cannot do this piece justice !!!

19C Collinson & Lock Corner Cabinet.

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Attributed to a well known London maker…..Collinson & Lock.………….famous for this type of work and HIGHLY sought after.

The firm Collinson & Lock was founded in the late 19th century by F.G. Collinson and G.J. Lock, both of whom were former employees of Jackson & Graham.

The company manufactured furniture for the likes of the Savoy Theatre and the new Law Courts, and a variety of their furniture items were featured at the Paris Exposition Universelle exhibit in 1878. Some of the many furniture designers who were employed by the firm include E. W. Godwin (who was paid a retainer to produce designs for the company from 1872 and 1874), T.E. Colcutt, Stephen Webb, H.W. Batley, and many more.

Webb designed for the firm between 1885 and 1897 and exhibited at the Arts and Crafts Society Exhibitions  from 1888 to 1906. He was also a member of the Art Workers Guild. Webb is now best remembered for his designs of intarsia, which he normally executed in ivory. Much of the furniture which was decorated with Webb`s inlaid work was designed by the firms founding partner J. S. Lock.

Link; http://connaughtantiques.com/collections/bookcases-cabinets/products/a-superb-19th-century-drawing-room-cabinet-attributed-to-collinson-and-lock-ref-no-4008


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The firm of Collinson & Lock, successors to John Herring, an upholsterer and cabinet maker of Fleet Street, est 1782, was established in London in the third quarter of the 19th century, firstly at their old master’s premises, and thereafter at the premises of the recently closed firm of Jackson and Graham. They quickly achieved both commercial success and a leading position in the field of design. In 1871 the firm issued an impressive illustrated catalogue of ‘Artistic Furniture’, with plates by J. Moyr Smith, assistant to Christopher Dresser, and in 1873 was trading from extensive newly built premises in St Bride Street, designed by T.E. Collcutt, who was retained as an advisor. E.W. Godwin was also employed, between 1872-1874..

The firm continued to produce very high quality items of furniture and soon began to experiment with new materials and designs, becoming especially renowned for their distinctive combinations of rosewood and ivory and their intricate Italianate arabesques, chimeric figures and scrolling foliage. This form of decoration clearly points to the involvement of Stephen Webb, Collinson & Lock’s chief designer who was later appointed Professor of Sculpture at the Royal College of Art. The company was merged with Gillows in 1897, just prior to their own merger with S.J.Waring of Liverpool.


I originally bought it at Auction and had a number of competing bidders against me including London bidders by phone.

It was an expensive item to buy !!

19C Collinson & Lock Corner Cabinet.

Provenance: Bought at a High-end Antique Auction in Ireland.

Dimensions: 78.5″ Tall, 29″ Wide and 17.5″ deep

Condition: Excellent. Missing one small piece of molding on the side.

Price: $17,600. Now: $8,000.

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