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.
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Recently Sold Antiques
Here are a few examples that we have recently sold.
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.