Rare Mastercraft Tangerine Burl Amboyna Nightstands with Acid Etch Detail

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Mastercraft nightstands in beautiful burl amboyna wood veneer. Toned in a tangerine lacquer, a rare offering from Mastercraft, with Bernhard Rhone acid etched panels. Top drawer and lower cabinet space make them functional as well. Brass inverted T-pulls recessed in circular escutcheons. Would also make excellent end tables. Slight color variation between nightstands will be addressed and evened out prior to shipping.
Details
Creator
Mastercraft (Manufacturer)
Of the Period
Mid-Century Modern
Place of Origin
United States
Date of Manufacture
circa 1970s
Period
1970-1979
Materials and Techniques
Etched   Brass
Amboyna
Condition
Good. Very good original vintage condition. Color variation between cabinets will be evened out before shipping..
Wear
Wear consistent with age and use
Dimensions
24.5 in. H x 28 in. W x 18 in. D
62 cm H x 71 cm W x 46 cm D
Dealer Location
Chicago, IL
Number of Items
2
Reference Number
LU84196757573

About Mastercraft (Manufacturer)

Compared to that other furniture-makers in historically minded Grand Rapids, Michigan, the work of Mastercraft seems positively flamboyant. The company was founded in 1947 by brothers Charles and William Doezema, who hailed from a long line of cabinetmakers. They went overseas during their service in World War II, and returned home with a plan to make furniture with cosmopolitan flair. Their firm specialized in chairs and case pieces that have modernized traditional forms, finished in exotic wood veneers such as amboyna, yew, burl and fruitwood, and trimmed in brass. Bureaus and credenzas often feature cabinet fronts with decorative brass details such as silhouettes of flowers and birds, or figures that resemble Chinese characters.

     In later years, Mastercraft created chairs and glass-topped coffee tables with brass frames. Some pieces included touches like the Greek key — a motif that appears in the decorative arts of both Asian and European antiquity. After Mastercraft was acquired by industry giant Baker Furniture in 1974, the company produced a large group of case pieces featuring applied brass plaques, acid-etched with semi-abstract forms by the German-born, Vancouver-based artist Bernhard Rohne.

     The latter are some of the most popular Mastercraft pieces, and like all the company’s wares range in price from about $2,000 to $12,000 depending on size, condition and the amount of decorative trim. As you will see on these pages, Mastercraft furnishings made a bold but artful statement — perfect for lending a bit of dash and brawn to a contemporary decor.

Address
Assemblage Ltd.
5681 N. Northwest Highway
Chicago IL 60646
US
(312) 561-3439
Associations
  • 20th Century Specialists
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