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19th Century Ebonised & Gilt Faux Bamboo Folding Table. William Whiteley, London

19th Century Ebonised & Gilt Faux Bamboo Folding Table. William Whiteley, London
19th Century Ebonised & Gilt Faux Bamboo Folding Table. William Whiteley, London
19th Century Ebonised & Gilt Faux Bamboo Folding Table. William Whiteley, London
19th Century Ebonised & Gilt Faux Bamboo Folding Table. William Whiteley, London
19th Century Ebonised & Gilt Faux Bamboo Folding Table. William Whiteley, London
19th Century Ebonised & Gilt Faux Bamboo Folding Table. William Whiteley, London
19th Century Ebonised & Gilt Faux Bamboo Folding Table. William Whiteley, London
19th Century Ebonised & Gilt Faux Bamboo Folding Table. William Whiteley, London
19th Century Ebonised & Gilt Faux Bamboo Folding Table. William Whiteley, London
19th Century Ebonised & Gilt Faux Bamboo Folding Table. William Whiteley, London
19th Century Ebonised & Gilt Faux Bamboo Folding Table. William Whiteley, London

19th Century Ebonised & Gilt Faux Bamboo Folding Table. William Whiteley, London
A 19th century ebonised & gilt faux bamboo folding table by William Whiteley, London, c. The original Whiteleys department store was created by William Whiteley, who started a drapery shop at 31 Westbourne Grove in 1863. By 1867 it had expanded to a row of shops containing 17 separate departments. Claiming that he could provide anything from a pin to an elephant, William Whiteley dubbed himself “The Universal Provider”. Dressmaking was started in 1868, and a house agency and refreshment room, the first ventures outside drapery, opened in 1872. By then 622 people were employed on the premises and a further 1,000 outside. This proved to be particularly profitable, as the large stuccoed houses in the area needed regular repainting. Whiteley’s met strong opposition from smaller tradesmen, and also from the local authorities over its grand building plans, and several bad fires in the 1880s may have been caused by opponents. The first store described as “an immense symposium of the arts and industries of the nation and of the world” was devastated in an enormous fire in 1887, one of the largest fires in London’s history. This was the last of four fires that had devastated the business from 1882. In 1887 disaster struck and the store in Westbourne Grove burnt down. On 24 January 1907, Whiteley was shot dead at his shop by Horace George Rayner, aged 29, who claimed that he was Whiteley’s illegitimate son. Following his death, Whiteley’s two sons carried on operating the business and opened a new shop in 1912. This William Whiteley piece is a rare survivor and has retained its original material to the top; as such there is some historic fading to one side where it has likely been placed next to a window. There are some small areas of damage to the wood to the underside of the table, but this does not affect the stability of the table in any way. The folding mechanism still functions perfectly and the William Whiteley plaque remains clearly visible to the underside. A scarce and attractive piece. The item “19th Century Ebonised & Gilt Faux Bamboo Folding Table. William Whiteley, London” is in sale since Monday, September 6, 2021. This item is in the category “Antiques\Antique Furniture\Tables”. The seller is “harrington-antiques” and is located in Stowmarket. This item can be shipped to United Kingdom, Antigua and barbuda, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Bahrain, China, Bangladesh, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Barbados, Brunei darussalam, Cayman islands, Dominica, Egypt, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Grenada, French guiana, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Saint kitts and nevis, Saint lucia, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Macao, Monaco, Maldives, Montserrat, Martinique, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Turks and caicos islands, Aruba, Bahamas, Colombia, Costa rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Kuwait, Panama, Philippines, Qatar, Trinidad and tobago, Uruguay.
  • Item Height: 61cm
  • Item Length: 71cm
  • Item Width: 47.5cm
  • Type: Side Table
  • Brand: William Whiteley, London
  • Material: Bamboo
  • Finish: Glossy
  • Tabletop Material: Felt
  • Style: Art Nouveau
  • Time Period Manufactured: 1850-1899
  • Antique: Yes
  • Features: Foldable
  • Colour: Black
  • Original/Licensed Reproduction: Original

19th Century Ebonised & Gilt Faux Bamboo Folding Table. William Whiteley, London

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