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Sn4847 Superb quality and very impressive Victorian wardrobe in burr elm, having stepped cornice above a pair of panelled doors enclosing clean relined interior with short hanging with original sliders below and long hanging section, all above ash lined base drawer, all fitted with original turned knobs and decorated with ebonised mouldings. The base drawer bears Lamb of Manchester, 51205 stamp. This antique wardrobe has been sympathetically restored and is ready to place at home. Please note the wardrobe splits into 3 sections: cornice + double box (H62″=157cm W54″=138cm D21.5″=55cm) and base drawer. c1880
H84″ w59″-max cornice D25.5″-max cornice D20″-interior
H214cm W149cm-max cornice D65cm-max cornice D51cm-interior
Lamb of Manchester was founded by James Lamb (1816 – 1903), one of the leading cabinetmakers in Manchester. Acclaimed for his dedication to high quality construction and artistic design, he used only the finest quality materials and workmanship. His designers included Alfred Waterhouse, Bruce Talbot and Charles Bevan, who said he was the most aesthetically advanced furniture craftsman outside London at the time. Lamb of Manchester laid the foundations for the Arts & Crafts Furniture that was to follow.
The firm had a cabinet making workshop in Castleford and their main gallery in John Dalton Street, Manchester, with vast furniture showrooms over three floors showing their quality pieces for sale. The firm was to go onto international success winning medals at the London 1862 Exhibition and the Paris 1867 Exhibition.
At the London Exhibition of 1862 Lamb’s displayed work by W.J. Estall and Hugues Protat, who designed furniture in an elaborately French style. In the late 1860s the company changed focus, making inlaid gothic pieces to Charles Bevan designs. They also made furniture for the Manchester Assize Courts, to Waterhouse designs which were shown at the Paris Exhibition in 1867 and 1878. Later, they exhibited “Quaint” furniture at the 1887 Manchester Jubilee Exhibition.