Vintage Art Deco Bookcase Shelf Unit 1920s Furniture

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Vintage Art Deco Bookcase Shelf Unit 1920s Furniture

Vintage Art Deco Bookcase Shelf Unit 1920s Furniture

- Gorgeous art deco style bookcase in rosewood and blonde walnut
- Lovely piece, every interior designers dream
- Clean and minimal design somehow embodies the 1920s aesthetic
- We have a large range of other art deco furniture so let us know if you are looking for extra pieces to match
- Please let us know if you would like to view this piece in our Canonbury Antiques Hertfordshire showroom, just 25 minutes north of London
- Offered in great shape ready for home use right away
- We ship to every corner of the planet – please get in touch for a shipping quote

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Regency Open Front Bookcase in Walnut Bookcases

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Regency Open Front Bookcase in Walnut Bookcases

Regency Open Front Bookcase in Walnut Bookcases

- Gorgeous Regency style open front bookcase
- Hand crafted from walnut, really sumptuous finish and patina
- Very practical piece for books and other decorative pieces
- Classic minimal and understated Regency design perfect for contemporary interiors – Offered in great shape ready for home use right away
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Antique Italian Venetian Bureau Bookcase in Walnut 1920

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Antique Italian Venetian Bureau Bookcase in Walnut 1920

Antique Italian Venetian Bureau Bookcase in Walnut 1920

- Come view in our Hertfordshire antiques showroom, just 25 minutes north of London
- Absolutely stunning Italian antique bureau bookcase in walnut
- We date this to circa 1920s although the design is an 18th Century design
- Very Venetian in form with bulbous, bombe shape and elegant curves
- Lots of storage with bureau, bottom half chest and top half mirror fronted cabinet
- Great piece, very unusual, ready for any high end interiors scheme
- Offered in great shape, ready for home use right away
- Will ship to anywhere in the world – please email for shipping quotes
- Canonbury Antiques – longstanding London / UK antique dealers, in business for over firty years now

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Regency Mahogany Bookcase Shelf Unit

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Regency Mahogany Bookcase Shelf Unit

Regency Mahogany Bookcase Shelf Unit

- Gorgeous Regency bookcase or shelf unit in mahogany
- Features distinctive bauble design on the support columns
- Clean and minimal design perfect for contemporary interiors
- Offered in great shape, ready for home use right away
- Will ship to anywhere in the world – please email for shipping quotes
- Canonbury Antiques – longstanding London / UK antique dealers, in business for over firty years now
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Regency Breakfront Bookcase in Flame Mahogany Bookcases Glass Display Arthur Brett

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Regency Breakfront Bookcase in Flame Mahogany Bookcases Glass Display Arthur Brett

Regency Breakfront Bookcase in Flame Mahogany Bookcases Glass Display Arthur Brett

- Impressive Regency style breakfront bookcase in flame mahogany
- Good size to this important piece of furniture
- Top half is the glass fronted section with adjustable shelving
- Bottom half features cabinet space for further storage
- Such a good look to this work of art
- Finish to the flame mahogany superb, look at the oval motifs on the cabinet doors with the similar grain of wood
- Glass is clear and blemish free
- Interestingly there’s still the original ticket on the back showing this purchase from Arthur Brett and Sons to consignee Harrods of London
- Offered in great shape, ready for home use right away
- Will ship to anywhere in the world – please email for shipping quotes
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Victorian Breakfront Bookcase with Secretaire Desk Mahogany Bookcases

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Victorian Breakfront Bookcase with Secretaire Desk Mahogany Bookcases

Victorian Breakfront Bookcase with Secretaire Desk Mahogany Bookcases

- Large Victorian breakfront bookcase with secretaire desk
- Hand crafted from mahogany the crafting is superb
- Great thing about this piece is it functions as both bookcase and desk
- Secretaire section opens out in the middle to reveal tooled leather writing surface and various cubby holes and drawers
- Top half is the glass fronted section with adjustable shelving
- Bottom half features cabinet space for further storage
- Such a good look to this work of art
- Finish to the flame mahogany superb – Glass is clear and blemish free
- Offered in great shape, ready for home use right away
- Will ship to anywhere in the world – please email for shipping quotes
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Victorian Breakfront Bookcase Shelf Unit Display Cabinet Mahogany Bookcases

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Victorian Breakfront Bookcase Shelf Unit Display Cabinet Mahogany Bookcases

Victorian Breakfront Bookcase Shelf Unit Display Cabinet Mahogany Bookcases

- Handsome Victorian style breakfront bookcase in flame mahogany
- Top half is the glass fronted section with adjustable shelving
- Bottom half features cabinet space for further storage
- Such a good look to this work of art
- Finish to the flame mahogany superb, look at the oval motifs on the cabinet doors with the similar grain of wood
- Glass is clear and blemish free
- Offered in great shape, ready for home use right away
- Will ship to anywhere in the world – please email for shipping quotes
- Canonbury Antiques – longstanding London / UK antique dealers, in business for over firty years now
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Period Art Deco Bookcase Walnut Furniture Glass Fronted Display Cabinet

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Period Art Deco Bookcase Walnut Furniture Glass Fronted Display Cabinet

Period Art Deco Bookcase Walnut Furniture Glass Fronted Display Cabinet

- Classic art deco bookcase
- Iconic looking piece somehow encapsulates the whole design ethos of the 1920s
- Glass fronted top great for books or other decorative pieces such as porcelain or trinkets
- Lots more art deco furniture to match if you are looking for doing an 1920s room or house
- Please come and view in our North London / Hertfordshire antiques showroom, open to the public
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- Offered in great shape with no damage and ready for home use right away

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English Gothic Victorian Breakfront Bookcase Walnut Furniture

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English Gothic Victorian Breakfront Bookcase Walnut Furniture

English Gothic Victorian Breakfront Bookcase Walnut Furniture

- Stunning and large English Victorian style breakfront bookcase
- Slightly gothic style with fretwork and broken arch pediment to the top
- Lots of storage space, top half is glass fronted for books with adjustable shelving
- Bottom half has drawers and main central cabinet
- The patina to the walnut is superb
- This is really well crafted, a feat of cabinet making
- We have matching chairs, dining tables and sideboards if you are looking for a complete suite
- Purchased from a dealer at Newarks Antiques fair in Nottinghamshire
- Please let us know if you would like to view this piece in our Canonbury Antiques Hertfordshire showroom, just 25 minutes north of London
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Art Deco Bronzes – The Figural Form

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ART DECO FIXATION

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At Canonbury Antiques we are great fans of the art deco era. Though the style took its name from ‘L’Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes‘, held in Paris in 1925 it initially began to emerge during the 1910’s reaching its height during the roaring 1920’s. The art deco aesthetic influenced all creative areas – architecture, typography, fashion, music, paintings, furniture, design and of course the figural form, mainly in the shape of art deco bronzes and statues, which will be our focus.

Beauty of Paris by Joe Descomps
(Above: Beauty of Paris by Joe Descomps)

In this piece we will examine the main influences that affected the shaping of the figural form of the time and some of it’s most famous proponents, including Chiparus, Fayral, Max Leverrier, Ferdinand Preiss, Lalique, Colinet, Joe Descomps and a whole host of other artists, a rolecall of the deco greats. We have all manner of art deco bronzes available at Canonbury Antiques , mainly of the female form which was obviously the most favoured subject of the artists.

The 1920s seem to be a time of great social change, technical development and historical advances in science and travel that really influenced the overall look and feel of the time. Here’s some of the main factors:

1920s VERSION OF THE IDEALISED WOMAN

Gorgeous Biba - or Clarte - figurine in the form of a lamp. Classic example of the 1920s idealised female form

(Above: Gorgeous Biba – or Clarte – figurine in the form of a lamp. Classic example of the 1920s idealised female form)

Every era has it’s asethetic version of the idealised female form. Whether it be a Rubenesque 1600s version of the more rounded female to the wasted heroin chic waif look popular in the 90s. In the 1920s it seemed like the first stirrings of the fully modern woman were made – female suffrage clearly gave women independence and confidence. Women were granted suffrage (the right to vote) in the United States in 1920 and in Britain in 1918 (although propertied and over 30 was a requirement). Hence, coming in the aftermath of the First World War, the twenties are often looked at through rose tinted glasses as a time of progression and growing freedoms. The 1920s idealised form of the female was all lithe athleticism, perhaps in a skimpy bathing suit. It was almost a hark back to classical antiquity with the degree that youth, beauty and perfect physical proportion were worshipped. It certainly made for some great statues and works of art.

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ERTE

The fashion designer Erte extered a massive influence sartorially

(Above: The fashion designer Erte extered a massive influence sartorially)

Romain de Tirtoff was a Russian born artist who worked out of France in the 1920s and worked under the pseudonym Erte. Erte was a polymath who worked in jewellery, costume, set design and fashion and had a sweeping influence, particularly on female dress that can be seen in various dresses and fashions of women featured in art deco bronzes. He would have dressed the stars in the silent movies of the time and just a cursory search of his imagery on Google will reveal how big an influence it was.

BALLETS RUSSES

Ballet Russe's influence can really be seen in the works of DH Chiparus

(Above: Ballet Russe’s influence can really be seen in the works of DH Chiparus)

The Ballets Russes was a travelling ballet company based in Paris who toured the world throughout the twenties. The companies productions created a big sensation and influenced performance art and costumes. It also introduced European and American audiences to designs, motifs and music from Russian folklore. Art deco artists, particularly DH Chiparus were extremely influenced.

AERODYNANISM

Streamline Moderne in the architectural medium. If this was in marble could almost be a base to a bronze

(Above: Streamline Moderne in the architectural medium. If this was in marble could almost be a base to a bronze)

Sleek aerodynanism was a recurrant look and feel to the art deco figural form. This can be seen as a response to the technical advances in travel – by air, car, train and boat – that were enabling mass commercial travel to really grown in the 1920s. In turn the designs of these modes of travel incorporated a streamline look for quicker travel. These advances can really be seen in the architectural works – for eg the Streamline Moderne movement -  of the day which have  fine lines, elegant areoplane-like curves and a clean symmetry.

CUBISM

Cubism is an early Twentieth century art from that emerged in Paris in the early 1900s. It’s leading proponents were Georges Braque and of course Picasso. The impact of Cubism were far-reaching and definitely influenced the art deco bronze figural form, mainly in the way faces were depicted with slightly exaggerated features and clean angular lines. The look often had an almost tribal art feel, again a response to an opening up of the world to other cultures and arts as anthropologists and ethnographers encroached on formerly remote tribes and parts of the world.

EGYTO MANIA

Egyptian Dancer statue by Colinet

(Above: Egyptian Dancer statue by Colinet)

In 1922 Howard Carted and George Herberts (5th Earl of Carnarvon, and owner of Highclere Castle aka Downton Abbey) discovered Turankhamun’s nearly intact tomb. This led throughout the 1920s to a fascination with all things Egyptican – pharos, pyramids, pharaoh hounds, obelisks etc – as images and photos were brought back from Egypt and manifested itself in the art and design. Again particuarly Chiparus who had a penchant for all manner of Egyptian dancers and belly dancers, a flirtation with the exotic.

THE FLAPPER

A right bunch of Flappers! Where's the champagne and jazz records?

(Above: A right bunch of Flappers! Where’s the champagne and jazz records?)

Tieing in with female emancipation touched on above through universal suffrage, was the emergence of the ‘new breed’ of young Western women called ‘flappers’. The flapper wore short skirts, had bobbed hair, danced to jazz, drank, smoked, had casual sex and generally flouted any social norms they could. They sound like a lot of fun and greatly advanced the cause of liberalism. As such it was a great influence on the art deco bronze figural form.

CLOWNS AND ODALISQUES

Lovely Odalisque figurine in the form of a lamp

(Above: Lovely Odalisque figurine in the form of a lamp)

Clowns – predominantly the Harlequin and Pierrot – seem to be a recurring fixation in the figural form. Clowns have always been a mild obsession in French culture and in the 1920s silent films, clown antics would have been a main source of humour and entertainment. As most of the important figural works and artists came out of Paris we can see the direct causation here.

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The odalisque – another 1920s artistic fixation – was a concubine in a Turkish harem. Artistically it emerged as an eroticised genre in which a normally semi nude Eastern woman lies on her side on display for the specator. Maybe it was just another great motif within which to study the female form, preferrably in a partially clothed manner.

DH Chiparus, although now ubiquitous, has to be the most important and iconic sculpturist working out of Paris in the 1920s. Original works of his command figures well into six noughts and are highly sought after and collectable. He really was a man of his times and the whole look and feel of the roaring twenties seem to reach its zenith in his statues and figurines. Here are some of our current favourite Chiparus pieces:

Eternal Friends by Chiparus - flapper flanked by two borzoi hound, the ultimate deco dog
(Above: Eternal Friends by Chiparus – flapper flanked by two borzoi hound, the ultimate deco dog)

Chiparus Fan Dancer statue - Harlequin meets Ballets Russes

(Above: Chiparus Fan Dancer statue – Harlequin meets Ballets Russes)

Karmona by Chiparus - again Ballets Russe meets Egypt
(Above: Karmona by Chiparus – again Ballets Russe meets Egypt)

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