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Art Deco George Betjemann & Sons Metamorphic Dressing Table Sterling Silver Set

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We are delighted to offer for sale this exceptionally fine Art Deco Satin wood George Betjemann & Son’s metamorphic dressing table with full a suite of sterling silver vanity items hallmarked for London 1920 This table is very rare and very unique, George Betjemann famously patented the mechanism for this dressing table, in the top middle you have a depression switch when pressed pops out a hidden base drawer All the fittings are present and original, the sterling silver is sublime, the engine turned tops are solid silver, every piece is fully hallmarked G.B&S for George Betjemann & Son’s, you then have the sideways facing Lion for Sterling Silver, the Panthers head for London and the date letter E for 1920 The underside of the table has the original stamp for George Betjemann & Son’s. All the white surfaces are solid marble There are some losses to the nail file kit as you can see, one of the long thin containers is perspex and not glass, it seems totally original so most likely its something that didn't go well with glass. Otherwise its a sublime piece. Please note all measurements are taken at the widest point George Betjemann & Sons In 1812 and at the age of 14, George Betjemann started apprenticing as a cabinet maker with his uncle, Gilbert Slater at his premises on Carthusian Street, London. In 1834, George then joined his father-in-law, William Merrick’s cabinet making business on Red Lion Street, Clerkenwell, London. George brought his sons, George William Betjemann (his eldest) and John Betjemann (grandfather of poet, Sir John Betjeman), to apprentice with him from 1848. He began his own business at 6 Upper Ashby Street, Clerkenwell, London, and with his two sons having completed their apprenticeships in 1855, expanded to 7 Upper Ashby Street shortly after. In 1859, George moved into 36 Pentonville Road, London (their new family home and business residence) where he continued his business, now called George Betjemann & Sons, alongside his two sons. George William never married but instead was ‘married’ to his work, being a true artist and perfectionist. Their work was on display at the International Exhibition of 1862, and the International Exposition of 1867 in Paris. By 1871, they had expanded their residence to incorporate 38 Pentonville Road and were employing 119 people. Records show that by 1875 a further incorporation of 40 Pentonville Road was undertaken. George died in 1886 at the age of 88 and George William and John ran George Betjemann & Sons in partnership until John’s death in 1893. George William then established a business partnership with John’s sons, John George Betjemann and Ernest Edward Betjemann. Around 1896, John George and Ernest Edward established an offshoot company called Betjemann Brothers, based at 2 Newcastle Place, Clerkenwell, London. This company ran alongside George Betjemann & Sons until they were merged in 1903, following the death of George William. In 1909, they became a limited company, known as George Betjemann & Sons Ltd. With Ernest’s son John (the future poet Sir John Betjeman) having no interest in carrying on the family business, George Betjemann & Sons Ltd finally wound up in 1939. This item is available for collection from our Wimbledon warehouses Condition Please view the very detailed pictures as they form part of the description around condition Please note vintage period and original items such as leather seating will always have natural patina in the form of cracking creasing and wear, we recommend regular waxing to ensure no moisture is lost, also hand dyed leather is not recommended to sit in direct sunlight for prolonged periods of time as it will dry out and fade.  

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  • Condition
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor fading.
  • Dimensions
    H 12.6 in. x W 15.95 in. x D 33.47 in.H 32 cm x W 40.5 cm x D 85 cm
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    LU2823316921561
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