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Mastercraft Burled Wood and Brass Credenza by William Doezema, circa 1960

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This Asian inspired credenza by William Doezema for Mastercraft features a burl wood finish with brass cylindrical legs running the length of the cabinet from under the top down to the floor. There are two sets of double doors with centrally placed ornate brass pulls affixed with a backplate and also decorated with curved brass arches. When opened, on the left side of the sideboard are four slim drawers with brass Campaign style hardware and on the right side is a single shelf with ample storage space. This ornate console would make for an elegant bar, optimal for stowing a cache of spirits and glassware. This eye-catching piece would be a great addition as part of a Classic, contemporary, Art Deco, chinoiserie, or Mid-Century Modern living room, dining room, entry, hall, den, man (or woman!) cave, family room, office or bedroom. It would also be an Apt choice in a corporate, retail or hospitality location such as a boutique hotel lobby, cocktail bar, members club, workspace studio, executive office or in a luxe clothing emporium. Measurements: 31.25" H x 80" W x 20" D Excellent vintage condition. As expected, signs of use commensurate with age are evident.  

Details

  • Condition
    Excellent. Excellent vintage condition. .
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions

    H 31.25 in. x W 80 in. x D 20 in.

    H 79.38 cm x W 203.2 cm x D 50.8 cm

  • Seller location
    Culver City, CA
  • Reference number
    LU133029509421

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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.

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