This piece is pretty the coolest piece of Art furniture I have ever seen, the pictures dont come close to doing it justice, it is absolutely sublime in every single possible way, the timber patina from every angle, the style, composition, form everything is 10/10. All the shelves are height adjustable or removable, it can be used as a bookcase or as its intended function a wardrobe for folded and hanging cloths, each cupboard has a forward facing rail.
It easily breaks down to three easy to transport pieces. It is as mentioned an original Andrew Varah Umbrella Men surrealist three door gentleman's wardrobe, designed in 1989, each hinged door modelled as a gentleman' s knee-length overcoat and boots, the central figure with a peg leg, hanging on a clothes hanger, each with an umbrella the handle forming the door-handle of the wardrobe internally fitted with two low drawers, on low foot bar, mixed exotic veneers comprising Brazilian Rosewood coats and boots, pressure dyed Tabu veneers for shirts, Satinwood coat hangers Oak and Burr Oak background, metal door furniture, stamped to metal furniture AV and paper label to reverse of each cabinet, the middle such label is signed and dated by the artist.
Varah produced around five variations of the Umbrella Men wardrobe between 1987 and 2003, each example is unique. The surrealist-inspired design is inlaid with various veneers, and the gentlemen's umbrella handles act as door handles.See Betty Norbury, Furniture for the 21st Century, Stobart Davies Ltd. For an example illustrated in the chapter on Andrew Varah. See also David Linley Star Pieces, The Enduring Beauty of Spectacular Furniture, Thames & Hudson, page 212 for another example of an Umbrella Man wardrobe illustrated. In terms of the condition it is good for the age which is 30 years old, there are some small chips in the veneer on the back edges and some very light general patina marks, mostly its in fine order and looks sublime. Width:- 200cm, divides into three easy to transport pieces. Depth:- 42cm, 48cm including handles. Please note all measurements are taken at the widest point, if you would like any additional or specific measurements please ask. This item is available for collection from our Wimbledon warehouses SW19-3BE, we can have it delivered nationwide to include Scotland Wales and Ireland. Wimbledon-Furniture is a privately owned family ran business out of Wimbledon SW19, we have four large storage warehouses, if you have any questions my number is under the business sellers information, please feel free to call or text. Please view the very detailed pictures as they form part of the description around condition. Please note vintage period and original items such as leather seating will always have natural patina in the form of cracking creasing and wear, we recommend regular waxing to ensure no moisture is lost, also hand dyed leather is not recommended to sit in direct sunlight for prolonged periods of time as it will dry out and fade.
COURIER (LARGE ITEMS ONLY THAT CANT BE POSTED). Whoever delivers will always require help on the larger items to unload, the price you will be quoted will always be based on this assumption, if this is not possible please let us know as it will affect the price to send a two man team. The item "VERY RARE ORIGINAL SIGNED DATED 1989 ANDREW VARAH UMBRELLA MEN ROSEWOOD WARDROBE" is in sale since Sunday, November 3, 2019.
This item is in the category "Antiques\Antique Furniture\Armoires/Wardrobes\20th Century". The seller is "wimbledon-furniture-01" and is located in London Wimbledon. This item can be shipped worldwide.