Oak Bookcase with Cremona Finish
Phoenix Furniture Company - Ca. 1890
The oak bookcase, designed by David Kendall and showing English Aesthetic and Arts and Crafts influences, has a Cremona finish creating a play of dark and light on the cabinet’s surface. The four small side shelves have a reeded post attached vertically on either side of the two doors. The doors feature three glass panels, the fourth panel, at the bottom, is wood. Cupboards, with pleat carving at the sides, are beneath each set of side shelves. One full-length drawer beneath the bookcase has lion-head drawer pulls.
|Title||Oak Bookcase with Cremona Finish|
|Creator||Phoenix Furniture Company|
|Format||Photograph: Posted August 26, 2014|
David Kendall was one of the first academically trained designers on the full-time staff of a Grand Rapids furniture company. He was noted for developing the ‘Cremona Finish’ while a designer at the Phoenix Furniture Co, and was an innovator in the stain and fumed finishing of furniture. Kendall was influenced by the work of Charles Eastlake and the English reformers as much as by his study trips to the Orient and Latin America. The bookcase is in the furniture collection of the Grand Rapids Public Museum
Measurements: 75” high, 57” wide, 14” deep
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|Institution||Grand Rapids Public Museum|
|Physical Storage Location||Grand Rapids Public Museum Archives|