An exceptional quality mid 19th Century Colonial Cedar Wing Wardrobe made by William Braddon Ward of Surry Hills, Sydney in 1854. It features corinthian columns to the outer doors, with all 4 doors inset with highly figured slightly convex cedar panels. The centre section fitted with 5 drawers featuring military style brass recessed handles. The crossbanded plinth base is supported on 6 turned feet, with crossbanding also featured on the pediments.
Very similar to the design from the Smee & Sons Catalogue. See pages 166 & 167 of "Early Colonial Furniture in New South Wales and Van Diemens Land" by Craig, Fahy & Robertson.
William Braddon Ward arrived in Sydney in March, 1853 and worked in Riley St, Surry Hills. This piece was very likely one of his earliest Australian undertakings. Ward is listed as a master craftsman, woodcarver and cabinetmaker. He came to Australia from Lostwithiel in Cornwall, England in 1853. This piece is internally signed in pencil "Wm Braddon Ward Aug'st 1854"
A spectacular looking piece showing very high cabinetmaking skills. All doors and drawers work smoothly. All drawer runners have been repaired to our usual high standards.
Lovely old 19th Century finish with exceptional colour and patina.