The Antique Canterbury was first introduced in the late Georgian period ca. 1780 and got its name as it was first commissioned by the Archbishop of Canterbury. They were popular throughout the Victorian and Edwardian periods as occasional pieces of furniture that could be dotted around the living room. The antique Canterbury is a small and very decorative stand having divisions, originally used for sheet music. They are movable as they stand on castors with racks, drawers and divisions, now they are the ideal piece of antique furniture for the storage of magazines, books and newspapers. below are previous examples that we have sold but to see our current selection for sale please click here to visit our collectables category.
Canterbury & Whatnot for sale
Below are a few examples of previously sold Canterbury but if any particular style looks of interest please let us know as we do get many similar designs in stock and we can try to locate something similar.
Superb Quality, Victorian, Figured Walnut, Antique Canterbury / Magazine Rack.
Dating from around 1870 this Victorian, figured walnut, antique Canterbury/magazine rack is of superb quality. It has four beautifully turned finials above a delightfully figured frame having boxwood string inlay decoration. The Canterbury is divided into three compartments, perfect for newspapers and magazines, with turned upright supports and quality blind fretwork carved decorative surrounds. The base contains a mahogany lined drawer with a beautifully figured front and original turned handles, it could prove to be the ideal storage solution for all those remote controls! The whole piece stands on finely turned bun feet with brass castors along with white porcelain wheels. It has aged to a warm, rich medium shade of walnut with a striking grain, good patina, is in very good condition and has been beautifully cleaned using a traditional form of wax finishing.
Small Regency Mahogany Antique Canterbury
Dating from around 1830 this fine quality small Regency mahogany antique Canterbury has three beautifully shaped compartments with delightfully turned spindles as dividers, making the ideal modern day magazine or paper rack. It is beautifully figured, constructed from the finest quality mahogany. The base contains a mahogany lined drawer with decorative brass handles and the whole piece stands elegantly on turned feet with brass cup castors.
Quality Victorian Mahogany Antique Canterbury / Paper Rack.
This Victorian, circa 1860, quality antique Canterbury is made from mahogany and would make the ideal modern day magazine or paper rack. It is beautifully figured, constructed from the finest quality mahogany and benefits from three separate compartments with delightfully turned spindles as dividers. The base contains a mahogany lined drawer with turned handles and the whole piece stands elegantly on turned feet with brass cup castors finished with brown porcelain wheels.
Edwardian Mahogany Antique Paper / Magazine Rack.
This rare Edwardian, circa 1900, paper / magazine rack is made from mahogany and is in an unusual but very desirable and practical design. It stands on four splayed legs with lattice sides having boxwood string inlay. It is constructed from solid mahogany and has a very elegant appearance with the practicality of easily accommodating the latest broadsheets!
- Alex Lawrence,
Excellent seller. Knowledgable and always happy to answer queries not only on pieces I might be interested in, but aftercare and materials/waxes to use. I’ve even asked questions a year after purchase and always happy to help! I highly recommend this seller and have full trust and confidence in them.
- L L,
Cannot recommend highly enough. Professional, prompt, efficient. Response to calls and emails exemplary - including after hours. Description and photos completely correct. International transport arranged at very reasonable cost with a known, extremely experienced and reliable driver. Packing was excellent. Item was beautifully presented. Price extremely fair. In short, an excellent, painless experience from start to finish. I am rarely so well pleased.
- Dan Warden,
Fantastic product. Excellent quality and service. Very good communication throughout. Thanks very much.