bank of adelaide bookcase
In 1866 the bank comissioned Adelaide cabinet makers Mayfield & Sons to create this magnificent huon pine breakfront bookcase, now on display in the Art Gallery of South Australia, North Terrace, Adelaide.
The bookcase in the Gallery of South Australia
Constructed of Huon pine, with Baltic pine as secondary timber, and french polished in blonde shellac.
I was comissioned to carry out the restoration work on the Bank of Adelaide bookcase prior to its acquisition by Art Gallery of South Australia, North Terrace, Adelaide.
Maintaining the original patina was of the utmost importance, hence careful consideration given to conservation as much as to restoration.
S. Mayfield & Son original label
The bookcase information
The furniture manufacturers
S. Mayfield Furniture Manufacturers was established in 1851 by Shepard Mayfield who arrived in Adelaide in 1849. In 1862 he brought his son William S. Mayfield into partnership, and so commenced S. Mayfield & Sons.
Located at 89 Rundle Street Adelaide, the business was active until 1911. S. Mayfield & Sons received a First Order of Merit for upholstery at the Exhibition of Arts and Industries of All Nations, Adelaide, 1881.
The Bank of Adelaide building today, situated at Lipson Street, Port Adelaide
The bank of adelaide
The Bank of Adelaide was founded in 1865 and incorporated by an act of South Australian Parliament. The original directors of the company were Henry Ayers, Thomas Greaves Waterhouse, Robert Barr Smith, Thomas Magarey and George Peter Harris.
The bank had all its branches within South Australia, except one in George Street, Sydney, to service the wool trade.