cedar bedroom suite
Cedar Bedroom Suite
1. Australian breakfront wardrobe constructed entirely of Australian cedar. Slide out trays behind centre doors and laundry compartments below hanging space to side doors. Finely executed carvings to doors. An exquisite example of 19th century Australian cabinet making. Circa 1880s original patina.
2. William IV period 1832-1837 toilet mirror in pristine condition after 190 years. Only minor repairs to veneer were needed. William IV style was taken from French Empire style, which was in turn heavily influenced by Egyptian architecture.
3. Australian Victorian-period chest of 7 drawers. Constructed entirely from Australian cedar (Toona Ciliata) with mother of pearl embellished knobs to drawers.
1. Australian cedar bed with red gum rails. Constructed in the Barossa valley mid to late 19th century of germanic bedermier influence. French polished in button shellac.
2. Victorian period pedestal dressing table. Constructed entirely of Australian cedar with oyster veneer cappings to drawer fronts with finely carved supports to swivel mirror. Original patina circa 1880s.
I love the look, feel and warmth of Australian cedar, so have had much enjoyment sourcing and restoring these pieces (the bed I found in a junk sale at Port Pirie in 1997). This room, being full of masculinity and drama, is a perfect setting for such a suite and very hard to leave on cold winter mornings.