A good quality Victorian mahogany pedestal cupboard, circa 1880, by William Walker & Sons, of Bunhill Row, London. The single panelled door with column corners and raised on plinth base, the interior with single shelf.
In excellent condition and of good colour throughout.
William Walker & Sons was a prestigious firm of cabinet makers and upholsterers, based in London, 1835-1890.
Recorded in 1835 at 112 Marylebone High Street and in 1839 at 4 Westmoreland Street. Then listed as a cabinet, chair and sofa maker at 4 Westmoreland Street in the 1845 & 1851 London Post Office directories. By 1871 the firm had moved to 119 Bunhill Row and had expanded their business, listed in The Furniture Gazette: Classified List as wholesale art furniture manufacturers, merchants, and cabinet, chair and couch makers.
They participated in several late 19th-century domestic and international exhibitions, including:
The export trade became an important element of their business following the exhibitions in Sydney and Melbourne.
An advertisement in The Furniture Gazette, 22 July 1876, illustrated new premises of the firm to replace the old one in Bunhill Row which was burned down by fire. They continued to advertise in this publication until at least 1886. A further expansion of their warehouse and manufacturing premises and the steam cabinet works in Bunhill Row were depicted on a trade card of the 1880s. This building apparently housed machinery on the ground floor with three floors of workshops above and a yard used for packing space and wood store. Additional showrooms were used to display carved furniture and upholstery.
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