SUPERB CHINESE CHIPPENDALE STYLE MAHOGANY CURIO CABINET BY JAMES LAMB
Manchester circa 1870-90, drawer stamped LAMB MANCHESTER 16844
Item # 806CMG09Z
This is a remarkable piece from the firm of James Lamb, Manchester, the entire object being of exceedingly fine quality. The firm of James Lamb was noteworthy for his strict adherence to exceptional quality during a period of increasing machine production by most furniture makers - his work was reported by Manchester locals as achieving higher prices at auction during his lifetime than when they were purchased retail from his shop, a distinct departure from the other producers of the region. He founded his business in 1843 and operated for 55 years, during which time he exhibited at the London International Exhibition of 1862, achieving a medal for “excellence of design and workmanship”; he further exhibited at the Paris Exhibition of 1867 and achieved gold medal in Paris in 1878. The present example is such a delicate and tasteful display of refined craftsmanship; its light and airy angularity are a stark contrast against the more robust forms of the Victorian era, the thin lines and careful balance of surface decoration allowing the curio cabinet to be a strikepoint of an interior without dominating the room. The pierced fretwork, integral lattice-work carvings of the legs and facade, pierced returns and spandrels all show a mastery of the mahogany medium they are worked in. Naturally the single drawer is hand-dovetailed with utmost precision.
This is an inordinately fine example that makes a difference in a well balanced interior.
Measurements: 29 1/2” W x 14” D x 54 1/2” H
Lower shelf with a repaired crack in front corner; a few cuff molding pieces around ankles replaced; minor repairs to fretwork gallery around lower shelf; original wavy glass and key; minor discolorations to wood, overall remaining in exquisite condition.