A Superb Cabinet of Exhibition Quality made by James Lamb of Manchester Lamb of Manchester

H: 46.5 in / 118 cm  |  W: 81.5 / 207 cm  |  D: 19 in / 47 cm


Of important size, and using the Arc-en-Arbalette form, constructed in Coromandel, Ebony and Harewood, with extensive exquisitely executed inlays of ivory, and comprehensively dressed with finely cast and chased fire gilt bronze mounts. Rising from toupie feet, with bronze acanthus leaves to the toes, and over, gadroon collars; the plinth having a central bronze tablet, flanked by ivory inlays in the Aesthetic taste, and ivory line inlays enclosing Coromandel panels; the plinth is capped by a running bronze band of stiff leaf design, and over, four ring turned and baluster columns, in Ebony, inlaid with Harewood, and heightened with ivory inlays, with bronze capitols and stiff leaf trimmings enclose the open incurved ends, with three tiers of mirror plate backed shelves dressed with arcaded bronze galleries: the pair of fielded panel lockable doors have exterior bronze frameworks, with roundels to the centres, depicting scenes from Antiquity, executed in ivory inlays on Ebony fields, with four symmetrically shaped Coromandel panels in the reserve, and having bronze paterea set in the angles. The upper frieze has a central tablet, depicting, in bronze, a central urn, emanating intertwined foliates, and having flanking ivory inlays. The platform is dressed with a running 'pearl' band, in bronze, and the back has an arcaded pierced bronze rail.  Stamped to one door, 'LAMB MANCHESTER 12 10 7'
Circa 1880



James Lamb (1816-1903) joined the family business and under his guidance it became the pre eminent Manchester cabinet making company, with workshops in nearby Castleford, and the showroom in John Dalton Street.

Leading edge designers such as Bruce Talbert and Charles Bevan were employed, leading to their exhibiting at the London 1862 Great Exhibition, and the Paris Expositions Universelles of 1867 and 1878, winning medals on each occasion. His obituary in the ‘Journal of Decorative Arts & British Decoration’ records that ‘his name stood for fifty years as a landmark … of industrial art’.

REF No. 7597

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