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3/1998

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Brief description

Sideboard with sliding doors and five drawers, made from solid teak and teak-veneered plywood, made by Finmar in Denmark and retailed through Heal's in c.1956. It was acquired from the son of the original owners and there is a Documenting Homes collection associated with this object, 221/2011.

Object name

sideboard

Object number

3/1998

Production organisation

Finmar Ltd (manufacturer)
Heal and Son Ltd (retailer)

Production date

c.1956 (retailed)

Production place

Denmark (manufactured)
London (retailed)

Period

Twentieth century (1900-1999)

Material

teak
metal
beech

Technique

veneered

Physical description

Sideboard made of solid teak and teak-faced veneers, with short tapering legs supporting a long, rectangular body. The front is divided into three sections with a sliding door at each end and a central section with five drawers. The solid teak drawer fronts are angled, sloping inwards towards the top, and are dovetailed on to the drawers which are of solid, light coloured wood, probably beech. The handles of the sliding doors (one on each door) are of a slender hexagonal form, inset into the door panels. In each end section, behind the sliding doors there is a light coloured wooden shelf on adjustable metal runners.

Dimensions

Height: 71.5cm
Width: 191.1cm
Depth: 44.9cm

Website keywords

storage
living room furniture

Object history note

This sideboard was previously catalogued as being made from solid teak, with teak-faced veneers. Following its examination in 2009 by Adam Bowett, independent furniture historian, this description has been updated to a combination of solid teak, veneered teak and plywood.

It was made by Finmar Ltd, a wholesale firm (established in 1934) that imported Scandinavian furniture to Britain. After the Second World War Finmar Ltd largely imported furniture manufactured in Denmark and sold it mainly to large London-based retailers such as Heal's and Liberty's. See Kevin Davies, 'Scandinavian Furniture in Britain: Finmar and the UK market, 1949-1952', Journal of Design History, 10: I (1997), page 39-52.

This sideboard was donated to the museum along with a wall storage unit (4/1998-1 to –8 and 4/1998-11 to 18), cupboard (4/1998-9), two storage seats (5/1998 and 6/1998), a storage table unit (7/1998) and a lamp (81/1998) by Glenn H, the son of the original owners. There is a Documenting Homes collection associated with this sideboard, object number 221/2011. This collection contains information about the purchase of this object by the donor’s parents, as well as further details about the home in which it was used in Whitechapel, London and images of this object in situ.

The following information is derived from Documenting Homes collection, 221/2011:

This piece, along with a set of wall storage units, two storage seats and a storage table unit were purchased from Heal's by the donor's parents, Harry and Sally H, a cab driver and fashion buyer for Harrods. They were used to furnish the living room of their home, a newly built council flat in Whitechapel, London.

Glenn H described in a questionnaire that this sideboard and other items of furniture, object numbers (4/1998 to 7/1998), was purchased from Heal’s over a period of several years. He wrote that all of the pieces of furniture ‘were bought in the sixties but not all at the same time.’ He commented that the furniture is ‘pleasing to the eye and good examples of design of, […], the sixties’ and commented that they ‘give plenty of storage in a limited amount of space’.

Comments

Adam Bowett, independent furniture historian, examined this object on 8 June 2009. He noted that this sideboard is made of a combination of solid and veneered teak and plywood. A full transcript of notes from this examination is available on the object's history file and as a digital asset.
 
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