The Antique Canterbury was first introduced in the late 18th Century Georgian period ca. 1780 and got its name from the first commissioned piece by the Archbishop of Canterbury. The Canterbury was popular throughout the 19th Century Victorian and later Edwardian periods in Britain as an occasional piece 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 will often have turned finials above a delightfully figured frame having fine inlay decoration. They will have divided compartments, perfect for magazines, books and newspapers, with turned upright supports. The best examples will have quality blind fretwork carved decorative surrounds. The base will contain a slim drawer with a with small turned handles, it could prove to be the ideal storage solution for all those remote controls! The whole piece will stand on finely turned bun feet with brass castors along with white porcelain wheels, so they can be easily moved around the room. These fine pieces of antique furniture can make a lovely addition to the home as they are small and decorative but also very useful. Have a look below at some of the beautiful examples we have for sale.
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.
Victorian, Figured Walnut,Antique Canterbury.
Small Regency Mahogany Antique Canterbury, the whole piece stands elegantly on turned feet with brass cup castors.
Victorian Mahogany Antique Canterbury / Paper Rack, dating from circa 1860. 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, standing 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!
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