An outstanding quality 19th century English marquetry freestanding bonheur du jour in the manner of Edward Holmes Baldock, profusely inlaid in exceptional quality in the form of flowers, leaves and 3D scrolls. The marquetry and kingwood bureau top with a marquetry and ormolu fall that opens to reveal a compartment fitted with three shaped crossbanded serpentine drawers and a marquetry shelf above a pair of marquetry slides that open to expose two polished mahogany writing compartments and a tulipwood and leathered writing surface, all supported on four crossbanded cabriole legs embellished with original pierced ormolu mounts. It is worth noting that this is a truly remarkable quality piece of furniture almost certainly made by famous 19th century designer Edward Holmes Baldock, and was exhibited at the 2014 Harrods Exhibition in London.
Footnote: Edward Holmes Baldock was born in 1777. By his early 30’s Baldock had become a prominent Furniture dealer in London, where he was first listed in the Trade Directories in 1805 as selling antique furniture, china and glassware, and for copying items of furniture made in Paris in the 1800’s.
Baldock is accredited as being one of the first antique dealers in the modern sense of the word. He was a retailer as well as eventually a manufacturer, and he commissioned furniture supplying ‘reproductions’ to add to his collection. He designed furniture both in the 18th century style as well as more contemporary pieces. He is also known to have altered, repaired or adapted furniture, as well as adding embellishments such as porcelain mounts.
Baldock was involved in putting together some of the great French furniture collections in the 19th century. Much of the nobility at the time were his clients, and he was dealer to the Royal family supplying King George IV, William IV and then on her ascension, Queen Victoria until his death in 1845.
Many of his pieces bear the mark E.H.B which is believed to be his retail mark and can be seen on both 18th and 19th century pieces.
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Wallrocks only buy antiques that are sound. We are able to do this because we buy them in original condition and it provides the significant advantage of being able to see what has and has not been done to a piece over time. It is to our customers absolute benefit that we do this. It allows us to see, whether the quality or integrity has been compromised?
Wallrocks have very strict buying criteria…
- The furniture must be antique, and if not it needs to be of an unsually high standard to justify being purchased;
- Antiques must be of a very high quality;
- Our antiques must have correct proportion;
- Importantly, they must have integrity and aesthetic appeal.
While these criteria might seem obvious, it is difficult to find furniture that satisfy all of them at once.
Restoration & Interior Design
The process of bringing the collection back to life is incredibly exciting for our clients as it respectfully rescues long forgotten beauty, and allows clients to make their own personal mark on the antiques by determining how they are to be restored, to what level and with what finishes and fabrics.
Wallrocks offer an interior decorating service for our clients to help them put together their rooms and furniture beautifully. We have a passion for incorporating fine quality antiques into both contemporary and traditional settings to create breathtaking interiors. We combine expertise with a fresh, modern design sensibility which makes us uniquely placed to help customers realise their personal creative vision.
Our focus is to assist buyers who are ready to move on from the world of mass-produced furniture to be daring enough to explore the world of antiques – the world of living art.
Whatever you’re picturing, our custom service can create it. As well as guaranteeing the quality of the finished piece, we’ll advise you if any request threatens the integrity of the item. We have a beautiful collection of fabrics, leathers, trims, colours and finishes to choose from. To discuss restoration of any specific please please contact us.
We work very closely with clients to ensure the result is what they want.
Wallrocks has over 35 years experience shipping antiques all around the world.
Be assured that we invest in the safe delivery of all our antique furniture, and track all our deliveries. It is of paramount importance to us that your purchase arrives at your home safely, and we personally pack all items ourselves prior to shipping.
Delivery Within Australia
For delivery of antique furniture to anywhere beyond a 150 kilometre radius of Brisbane CBD, Wallrocks relies on a number of reputable carriers, depending on your requirements, to ensure safe delivery. Please ask for a quote.
We have a complimentary delivery service of antique furniture within a 150 kilometre radius of Brisbane CBD. We will personally deliver it to your door to guarantee it arrives safely.
International customers can be confident that Wallrocks are experienced in shipping freight around the world by sea and air. Freight charges will be determined and quoted at the time of purchase.
Please contact us to discuss your delivery options.
Wallrocks delivery service is subject to restoration times. Our pieces are hand restored in the traditional methods and do take some time. We will always do our best to fit in with our customers’ delivery time frames and will discuss this at the time of purchase.
Are you in mid-renovation? We offer free storage of your Wallrocks purchase for a negotiated period of time with individual customers. Please contact us to find out more…
We understand buying antiques online can be of concern for some customers. For this reason, if you purchase a piece from Wallrocks and the piece that arrives is not as we have described, then we will provide a 100% refund. In 35 years of business this has never been necessary, but we provide this option as a safety-net to all our customers.
If on receipt of delivery you simply do not like the piece, then we will provide a 100% refund up to seven days after delivery. In this scenario the customer must pay the return freight on the piece.