Manufacturer: Albin May(ZKWAMZ)
Origin; Zeulenroda (Thüringen) Germany
Age; commenced 1920 – completed 1921
Style: Black Forest
Material: Black Walnut
Construction: Campaign form; easily dismantled
Carving: Swiss. No apparent signature; each bowed door and carved plaque are one-piece solid timber.
Twin pedestal on bun feet; Centre frieze drawer, front with carved relief of vine branch. Demountable by removal of the top, interleaf doweled spacer and centre frieze drawer
The Left-hand pedestal equipped with 4 sliding tray drawers. The solid walnut door is vertically bowed externally with a raised centre plaque of grapes and vine leaves. The door is vertically bowed (concave on the internal side). Piano style hinge facilitates easy movement of the solid heavy door.
The Right-hand pedestal contains one sliding mid-height shelf. The solid walnut door is vertically convex externally with raised centre cartouche of grapes and vine leaves. The door is vertically concave on the internal side. Piano style hinge facilitates easy movement of the heavy door. Piano style hinge facilitates easy movement of the heavy door.
The pedestals are bridged together with a central drawer the front having carved detail of trailing vine. Easily demounted for transportation.
Each door and the centre drawer are furnished with original locks and handles. Key included.
The Desktop comprises a walnut veneered top with raised lip moulding. The inset writing pad is covered in deep cream aniline leather which was renewed in 1996.
A solid walnut open frame with light caving on the centre splat. The seat is upholstered in deep cream aniline leather, renewed in 1996.
A three-door black forest, a black walnut combination of a side robe and a double shelved storage space. The two cabinet sides and the internal partition are demountable fitted with winch bolts that screw into the base. The two side doors are mounted using full-length brass piano hinges. The two side doors are solid bowed panels each with a joined hinge stile. The Hand-carved centre plaque of grapes and vine leaves represents the wine culture of Germany. The glazed centre door mounted with pin hinges has an applied carving representing the interlacing of the vines. The side partitions, back panels and doors are mounted on a three-drawer base unit itself mounted on solid walnut bun feet. The left-hand cupboard is fitted with shelving plug holes and was used as a Robe. The main cupboard has two original moveable shelves.
The whole is capped with an interlocking box pelmet unit spanning the length of the armoire, facilitated by winch screws at the top of the side and partition panels.
Each door and the centre door and the three base drawers are furnished with original locks and handles. Key included.
Desk; very good: Small repair to left pedestal to top of rear right stile, rebate for Centre Frieze drawer frame tongue. original screws lost or changed post-1933.
Chair: Very Good
Armoire: Light knocks and digs to rear panels wich indicate dismantling history. panels are original. Bun feet grazed in places. Applied carving on Centre door was last removed for cleaning 1996.
Ht 78cm x W 159.5cm x D 74cm min / 79cm max x top thickness 4cm
Ht 73.5cmx x W 45cm x D 74cm
convex curved style: 4cm thick including carving projection
Ht 83.5cm x W 64cm x d 57cm
Seat ht 48cm
Ht 200cm x W 182cm x D 49cm
Left 54cm/ middle 57cm / right 49cm
Left 49cm /middle 57cm / right 49cm
internal 14cm / external 16cm
Bun feet 7cm