Ambrose Heal. An important historic Laurel wood glazed bookcase designed by Sir Ambrose Heal in 1929 from the signed series edition. The label inside the lower door is signed by Ambrose Heal. Still with the original Heals and Son ticket which reads :- No. D39A5Y, 36" Laurel Inlaid Bookcase and at the bottom it has NOT FOR SALE all written in ink. The sculpturally shaped top with five circular inlaid Abalone details and two diamond shaped Abalone inlays all united by Ebony string inlays with fourteen further Abalone inlaid diamonds seven to each door and Ebony string inlay and Ebonised detailing to the outer edge of each door and to the inner glazing bars. The glass has a subtle Green tinge to it. The middle of the sides have four further Abalone inlaid diamonds in Ebony Squares, two to each side.
The bottom section breaks forward with two side by side slides with ivory handles, flanked with Abalone diamonds set into Ebony squares and corresponding Abalone inlays to the very centre and to each end side of each slide. The cupboard doors below with further Ebony string inlays around each of the panels and around each door edge.
There is an advert by Heals showing a water colour of this bookcase in Victorian and Edwardian Furniture and Interiors by Jeremy Cooper page 224 (last image). This was formerly sold by the Fine Art Society, stock number 13562.
Height 78" 194cm, Width 36" 92cm, Depth 18 1/2" 47cm. Circa 1929.