Epstein Original Art Deco Large Cocktail Cabinet
Heading: A very fine Art Deco cocktail cabinet attributed to Epstein
Date : c. 1935
Origin : Epstein Brothers, London
Colour : Figured walnut veneers
Features : Fully fitted interior
Condition : Exhibition standard. This is simply spectacular
Restoration : Newly polished.
Dimensions : Height 43.5″/110cm; Width 70″/179cm; 36″/91cm, Depth 23" / 58cms
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The quality of the furniture produced by the art deco designers and manufacturers Epstein brothers of London’s East End is recognised as among the finest in the British Art Deco style – both in terms of production quality and design. Their style reflected the avant-garde influences of the furniture designers featured at the Paris 1925 ‘Art Deco’ exhibition, seen in their use of curvilinear forms and rich veneers.
These attributes blend, almost unconsciously, with a certain grandeur and scale. Their Russian heritage found expression in designs that were also in tune with the Modernist ethos emanating from continental Europe.
The styling of the iconic ‘Cloud back’ dining, lounge and salon suites, proclaim the ethos of fresh air and exercise that was promoted as the key to a healthy mind and body, and as an antidote to any lingering shadows of the horrors of the First World War. Broken cloud is interspersed with rays of sunshine. Design and architecture were in their strongest symbiosis for decades, as the Chrysler building reached for the skies the geommetry with art deco architecture was mirrored within decorative arts and interior design.
Art Deco furniture was produced from the 1930s until at least the 1950s, alongside the Georgian and other reproduction pieces that their father Morris Epstein had excelled in as a cabinet maker. Finished to high standards, many pieces were custom-made in veneers of burr maple, sycamore or walnut. After World War II, several of the Epstein brothers, including Harry & Louis, David and Michael, and Sidney had showrooms in London, Manchester, Glasgow and Dublin.
A conservative, and singularly British, Art Deco style became the Epstein trademark. Art Deco pieces from before World War II were not signed. From the 1950s, a small number of Epstein pieces in the Art Deco/Modern style were labelled ‘H. & L. Epstein Ltd’, by a company owned by Harry and Louis; others were marked ‘Epstein & Goldman’, a firm of which Sidney Epstein was a partner. Nonetheless, over the last decade a scholarly and painstaking approach to a range of documentary and other sources has enabled a good number of Epstein designs to be identified with confidence
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