Great new (very old!) pieces at The Merchant of Welby

Hope you’ve been watching the new series of War on Waste on the ABC. (see below)
We have some outstanding antique chests of drawers in at the moment, all in excellent condition, all with drawers that slide very nicely. Have included a few below.
The German Gypsy figures obviously are not Aussie, but they are exceptional and unique!

Regards, Noel

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Brown is the new Green
Craig Reucassel has returned to the ABC with Series 2 of The War on Waste. Where the first series dived into food and clothing waste, the second series has plastics, e-waste, fast furniture, food waste and the recycling crisis in its sites.

It is the very real threat to our environment posed by disposable furniture that grabbed my attention.  We have all seen the mountains of domestic discards that litter the kerbside on council clean-up day.

As a society, we need to rethink our frequent interactions with objects designed NOT to last. Investing in well-made, quality furniture is critical when it comes to sustainability. From a buyer point of view, antiques are the ultimate in recycling.

Furniture that has survived long enough to become an antique was designed to be used daily and made in a way that makes repair and restoration possible. The same cannot be said for flimsy, flat-pack pieces, assembled from medium density fibreboard with a short, disposable lifespan.

As they move down through the years, antique pieces are handed from owner to owner, generation to generation. I’ve yet to meet anyone who is saving her “Ingatorp” (Ikea) dining table for her grandchildren.

19th Century Australian Cedar and Marquetry Inlaid Bookcase

19th Century Australian Cedar and Marquetry Inlaid Bookcase, primarily of Australian cedar, with rose mahogany, Australian blackwood and assorted other specimen timbers. The lower door panels are of rose mahogany. The upper section with two arched panel doors fitted with original hand drawn glass flanked by architectural columns with carved corbels, the doors enclosing a bookcase with two adjustable shelves.The pediment features dentil moulding with marquetry highlights. The lower section has a single frieze drawer above the two arched panel doors also flanked by architectural columns.
19th century finish, in very nice condition. A very unusual and unique bookcase, made by a skilled cabinetmaker.

More info on our website.

Circa 1885
Height 225cm Width 120cm Depth 46cm
Price – $8,500

Pair of Large Antique German Majolica Gypsy Figures

Very Large Pair of Early 20th Century German Majolica Seated Figures, very realistically modelled and handpainted in the form of two young entertainers; probably gypsy children playing, singing and dancing for their supper. The girl, with a tambourine, a blue ribbon in her hair and silver coins for earrings; a beaded necklace; a green laced bodice over a full sleeved blouse with lace cuffs; and a beautifully decorated apron tied over a pink skirt. The boy plays a wooden flute. He is dressed in knee breeches, a sheepskin sleeveless coat over a red waistcoat and full sleeved shirt, a satchel slung across one shoulder with a soft green hat decorated with ribbons and pom poms. Both wear soft, cross gatered slippers.
A highly decorative and almost certainly unique pair of antique figures – would look great sitting on a mantlepiece or similar. The figures come with a pair of later 1950s walnut stands with green velvet cushions. Both figures have multiple repairs, but it takes a keen eye to spot them!

More info on our website.

Circa 1900-10
Height 78cm
Price – $3,950 the pair.

Large 19th Century Australian Cedar Partners DeskLarge 19th Century Australian Cedar Partners Desk, comprising two banks of four drawers, each with cupboards to rear. Crossbanded cedar surround to the maroon leather writing surface. Made for a government department with 3 impressed crown stamps (see picture). Each pedestal also features panelled sides.

Nice old finish with good colour and patina. Full cedar construction. The desk has its original concealed cast iron castors which still work well and allow for easy positional adjustment. Most drawers and both doors have original working locks with keys. All drawers work smoothly. All drawer runners have been repaired to our usual high standards.
More info on our website.

Circa 1880s
Height 78cm Width 183m Depth 122cm
Price – $6,500

Large Antique Australian Cedar Open BookcaseLarge 19th Century Australian Cedar Open Bookcase, fitted with two fixed shelves and dividers to the upper section and with two fixed shelves to the lower section.

Could equally house a significant library of books or show off a very special display. All cedar construction (minor alterations to shelf arrangements).

More info on our website.

Circa 1870-80
Height 227cm Width 250cm Depth 46cm
Price – $7,500

The Merchant of Welby
72 Old Hume Highway
Welby  NSW  2575


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