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Exquisite Restored Walnut Credenza by Michael Taylor for Baker, circa 1960

$22,500

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This magnificent cabinet is shipped as professionally photographed and described in the listing narrative: Meticulously professionally restored and completely installation ready. Michael Taylor's fabulous multi-purpose cabinet from his New World series for Baker Furniture, circa 1960. This boutique case series is executed in magnificent bookmatched figured walnut. Handsome elegant solid brass hardware marks the drawers. The stunning veneer is so dramatic that it almost appears to be faux-painted. This is one of Mr. Taylor's most coveted case designs. A serious focal point specifically designed to anchor an important room. Excellent Restored Condition. The chest has undergone a meticulous professional restoration. The walnut displays tremendous warmth and movement; lacquer finish with stunning depth and sheen. The hardware has been professionally hand-polished and demonstrates lovely patina. Retains the maker mark. An exquisite vintage buffet or credenza by Baker, circa 1960. Lovely Modern asymmetrical case design executed in exceptional book match Walnut veneer. Solid brass hardware and accents. A stout, expertly made piece of furniture. The woods selected for the Baker production of this era is sublime. Wonderful color and warmth. Excellent restored condition. The piece has been professionally cleaned and polished and the finish displays beautiful depth and glow. The brass has been hand polished and displays fabulous patina. Retains the maker mark.

Details

  • Creator
  • Dimensions
    Height: 30 in (76.2 cm)Width: 80 in (203.2 cm)Depth: 19 in (48.26 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1960
  • Condition
    Refinished. Wear consistent with age and use. Excellent Restored Condition. Meticulous professional restoration in the Tom Robinson Modern facility. All walnut veneer is intact and complete. Solid brass hardware has been professionally hand polished. Completely Installation Ready.
  • Seller Location
    Atlanta, GA
  • Reference Number
    Seller: Tom Robinson Modern - WH 91stDibs: LU115224068263

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    Ships From: Atlanta, GA
  • Return Policy

    This item cannot be returned.

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About the Manufacturer

Baker Furniture Company

Collaborations with many leading designers and artists over time has made vintage Baker furniture one of the most consistently sought after heritage brands today.

Within a few decades of its launch, Baker Furniture Company evolved into one of the largest and most important furniture manufacturers in the United States, and became known for its high-quality production standards. Siebe Baker and business partner Henry Cook founded the original iteration of Baker Furniture Company in 1890 in Allegan, Michigan, after immigrating to the United States from the Netherlands. Allegan is a small town west of Grand Rapids, which, at that time was home to Widdicomb Furniture Co. and more and was known as America’s furniture capital. The company manufactured doors and interior moldings, and introduced a combination desk and bookcase in 1893. In the early 1900s, Siebe became sole owner of the business.

Among others, stage designer Joseph Urban and modernist designer Kem Weber contributed designs to Baker in the 1920s. In 1932, under the leadership of Siebe’s son, Hollis, who started at the company as a salesman but took the reins when his father passed in 1925, Baker Furniture introduced bedroom pieces and debuted its Manor House collection, which made reproductions of European furnishings available to the American market. (Hollis was an avid traveler and procured antiques overseas for the company to reproduce in the United States.) Soon, Baker Furniture Company moved to Holland, Michigan, and eventually opened showrooms in Grand Rapids and elsewhere.

Pioneering Scandinavian designer Finn Juhl created a Danish modern line for Baker in 1951, and the company produced his award-winning Chieftain chair for a short time. In the late 1950s, Baker introduced the Milling Road label to reach a younger audience with stylish but less costly furnishings like console tables, walnut dining chairs and more, and in 1961, British furniture designer T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings introduced a modern neoclassical line at Baker.

The 1960s and ’70s saw the introduction of historic reproduction furniture lines such as Woburn Abbey and the Historic Charleston collection, which remain very popular to this day. In 1990, Baker was licensed to produce a furniture line from Colonial Williamsburg. That same year, the Smithsonian Museum introduced Baker’s Chippendale chair into its permanent collection and the Grand Rapids Art Museum dedicated an exhibition to Baker’s 100-year anniversary, a showcase that included 150 pieces of furniture Siebe Baker had collected as part of a larger assortment that had served as inspiration for his designs.

Today, vintage Baker furniture, such as its elegant mahogany nightstands and teak credenzas — particularly those crafted by Finn Juhl — sees high demand online and elsewhere. The company continues to produce contemporary collections with well-known designers such as Bill Sofield, Barbara Barry and Kara Mann and remains on par with some of the highest quality furniture in the industry.

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