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COLONIAL CEDAR

"COLONIAL RARITIES and OTHER CURIOSITIES"

Australian Cedar Furniture 

including other Australian indigenous timbers.

On this page you will find all Australian Cedar or Cedar incorporated into the design of the piece.

You will also find furniture made from other Australian Indigenous timbers, such as Blackwood, Huon Pine, Kauri Pine etc.

Some of our most interesting pieces are shown below.

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NEWLY ADDED ITEMS ARE ALWAYS AT THE TOP 







COLONIAL CEDAR SIDEBOARD

 from the workshop of 

JOSEPH SLY. C1835-40

Classically inspired backboard featuring paneled sections with superbly figured grain.

Each shelf is supported by individually shaped supports which appear to resemble (in the mind’s eye) a Kangaroo with joey on the lower shelf and Dolphins on the upper shelf.

Stunning cuts of Cedar are highlighted. The chatoyance displayed in this piece is amazing and beautiful.

The cupboard base consists of two doors with double escutcheons which enclose one interior shelf.

This piece would most likely have come from the earliest workshop of Joseph Sly in Pitt St Sydney.

Sly was a prominent, skilled craftsman and his work was highly regarded.

It is highly collectable, particularly with two impressed Sly marks -one on the top and one on the bottom of this piece.

It shows wonderful C19th patina having been cleaned and waxed.

This beautiful, early piece of Australiana comes from the estate of Dr F. Sulling,

a World War 1 doctor, who on return from service, set up practice in High St. Maitland, Passed down by descent.

H 178cm

W 103

D 48.5cm

P.O.A. 

COLONIAL CEDAR WORKTABLE- MID 19TH CENTURY

One piece ribbon cedar top. Nicely shaped legs and stretcher showing

double ring turnings.

Aged dark plum colour.

Full width drawer.

Larger than normal work surface.

Versatile piece.

Could be used as lamp table, wine table, bedside, hall or sofa table.

H 69.5    D 48.5    W 88cm

$1350

Australian Colonial Cedar tiny chest of drawers.

Australian Colonial Cedar tiny chest of drawers.

Aged dark honey colour.

Nicely grained Cedar with top showing extensive fiddleback.

Very rare in this petite size.

Has a stamped label in the shape of an inverted triangle.

G . S . Shing

Little Bourke St & Hayward Lane, Melbourne

‘Chinese labour’ 

In the late 1800’s legislation required furniture to be marked

“Chinese Labour” or “European Labour Only”

Chinese cabinet makers were prevalent in Sydney and Melbourne in the 1800’s.

A rare little piece of Australiana. 


H  84cm  W84cm  D 40cm 


$1600

OUTSTANDING AUSTRALIAN COLONIAL CEDAR TRUNK C1860

OUTSTANDING AUSTRALIAN COLONIAL CEDAR TRUNK C1860


Made of thick planks of cedar and dovetailed construction.

Displaying beautiful grain. An aged, dark honey colour.

This striking piece of Australiana has multiple uses as a

Coffee table, Lamp table, Side table, Blanket box.

Or a place to keep treasures because they can be secured with the wonderful, substantial

Victorian brass padlock.


H 52.5cm   W 52.5cm   L 97cm


$1850  






AUSTRALIAN COLONIAL CEDAR KITCHEN TABLE C1860

Largish in size, can seat up to 8.

Faded, light honey colour

One deep central drawer.

Originally from and until recently an historic homestead, Emu Creek Run, Walcha, New England, on Thunderbolts Way, which was originally settled in 1839.

H  76.5cm

W 167cm

L  110cm


$1650

AUSTRALIAN COLONIAL CEDAR AND BLACKWOOD HALL CHAIRS

 Made by Roderick Mc Donald of Braidwood

C1870

Colonial Cedar and Blackwood Hall Chairs 

NSW ORIGIN

matching set of three. Skillfully carved backs of elegant shape and form.

From the workshop of Roderick Mc Donald- Braidwood NSW.

He was active from 1852-98.

All the chairs have paper labels.

Roderick exhibited at The Sydney International Exhibition of 1879 where he was admired for

His elegant designs and carving of a suite in NSW Blackwood.

Interesting and notable provenance available on enquiry.

Available individually for $950ea.

$2950

H 98.5cm   D 46cm      W 48.5cm  


AUSTRALIAN COLONIAL CEDAR SECRETAIRE BOOKCASE C 1860-70

Well appointed secretaire with green leather writing surface and rich colours of Bird's Eye Huon pine pigeon holes and drawers.

Aged dark honey colour.

C19th patina.

W 136.5 cm  x  H 245cm x  D 52cm

$4750


COLONIAL CEDAR CHEST OF DRAWERS C 1840’S – 50’S

Mid size, well grained.

Excellent nineteenth century patina / condition.


H 118cm

W 120cm

D 46cm


$1680




COLONIAL CEDAR FOUR POSTER BED C1850’S


Shaped and turned uprights with double ring turnings.

Shaped headboard.

Nineteenth Century patina

Passed down by descent from a WW1 doctor who joined his uncle’s practice in High St Maitland after the war. Doctor F. Sulling

W 108cm

L 192cm

H 217cm

$1350


Antique Australian Colonial Cedar Apprentice Chest Of Drawers

Kauri Pine is also incorporated into the construction of this charming small piece dating around 1860.Seven drawers are flanked by bobbin twist columns.Unusually shaped top and matching base. Contrast of Cedar and Kauri pine make this a stand out little piece

C1860


h 43cm w 36 d 21


$1300

AUSTRALIAN COLONIAL CEDAR SIDEBOARD
C 1870

Beautifully carved adornments, striking grain to the Cedar, an elegant piece.

This nineteenth century sideboard is of full Cedar construction and is in excellent condition.
Applied carving to the back, with a single shelf on turned supports. Shaped centre drawer, flanked by well carved corbels.
Below are two shield panels on the lower doors which exhibit vibrantly grained Cedar.
Key to lock away treasures.
Original turned feet.
H 174cm   W 116cm   D 47cm

$1200

Colonial Cedar Round Dining Table C 1850

Australian

Seats up to six.

Attractively turned column, tri-form base with early lions paw type feet.

Height: 70cm

Diameter: 122cm       $1000

COLONIAL CEDAR AND BLACKWOOD SERVERY. C1860

This petite sized unit exhibits lovely plum coloured ,aged finish showing exceptional grain to the cedar .

This versatile piece has three display shelves with cylindrical support rails between each shelf, well turned solid Blackwood legs resting on brass and ceramic casters.

The top shelf has an attractive, elegantly shaped gallery.

All shelves have the additional enhancement of thumbnail edging.

This is a multi purpose piece .

Excellent open bookshelf, wonderful display area for pottery, ceramics or other treasures.

Possibly an entertainment unit.


W : 107.5cm

D : 42cm

H : 114cm


$ 1550

COLONIAL CEDAR BOOKCASE C1860.

The top glazed section features a pelmet,carved corbels top and bottom.

It has three original shelves with original green leather braiding to the front edge of each shelf.

The bottom section of the bookcase features two fully rounded and turned columns either side of two arched panelled doors highlighting beautifully grained Cedar.

There are two rounded upper drawers in the bottom section and one internal shelf.

Original , pleasant faded finish.

C19th patina

Height : 222cm   Width : 129cm    Depth : Base : 45.5cm


$3500          

AN ABSOLUTELY STUPENDOUS ANTIQUE COLONIAL CEDAR FOLK ART

CABINET IN THE FORM OF A GOTHIC STRUCTURE.

C19TH CENTURY


Fastidiously handworked and carved - this is a work of art.

The interior features a bank of brass handled drawers and shelves

Top has secret compartments

An unusual, "one off" piece of Australiana that would make a statement in anyone’s collection or decor.


Height : 134cm

Depth : 21cm

Width : 65cm $1900

AUSTRALIAN COLONIAL CEDAR DROPSIDE TABLE C1860


This is a versatile, handy sized table with many configurations.

It can be used as a dining table seating up to six with each dropside lifted.

It is also suitable as a games table, side table hall table.

Lovely deep plum colour, well turned legs,nice cedar grain.

The surrounding chairs are cedar, of a similar period with similar turnings.(not included)

Chairs Sold

H: 75cm

D: closed 69cm

opened 117cm

W: 136cm

$1150

AUSTRALIAN COLONIAL CEDAR CARVER CHAIR.C1850’S


The shaped top rail exhibits pronounced classical carving.

The centre rail has a shaped moulded profile.

Elegantly sweeping scrolled arms.

Well turned front legs.

Newly upholstered in a tasteful, classical design.

A rich, dark plum colour exhibiting nineteenth century patina.


Height : 90cm

Width : 52cm

Depth : 50cm


$850

AUSTRALIAN COLONIAL HUON PINE SPECIMEN TIMBER CABINET C1890

AUSTRALIAN COLONIAL INDIGENOUS TIMBERS CABINET  C1880

Unusual and unique example of Australiana features beautiful selections of indigenous timbers.

Vibrant Huon Pine arched door panels.

Alternating, vertical lengths of Cedar and Huon Pine make the side panels something special.

The doors open to reveal amazing lower interior drawer faced with diagonal sections of Musk, Casuarina, Myrtle and Blackwood.

Two shelves in the interior 










Pelmet and plinth base are of Cedar.

Original hardware and key to lock away those treasures.

Quite possibly this is an Apprentice piece used to showcase his skills.

This is an eye- catching, beautiful piece of craftsmanship.

May be placed on a bench, desktop, side table, library table or even hung on a wall.


H 89cm W 72cm D 39cm

$2600

COLONIAL CEDAR CHEST BY PROMINENT C19TH MAKER JOSEPH SLY.


Full Cedar construction consisting of two short drawers and three long.

Original Hardware.

Nineteenth century patina.

Superb cabinet making.

Lovely aged Cedar colour. Beautiful cedar graining.

Impressed into the back of this early Australian Cedar chest are two J. Sly markings. C1840's


H 119cm

W 116cm

D 55.3cm


$4500

Australian Blackwood Art Nouveau Cabinet


The pediment on top of the cabinet is classically shaped and carved.

The shelf below the pediment has shaped supports with a bevelled mirror under.

The cupboard doors are shaped and display carved beading.

A versatile piece that could be used as a bedside, lamp table etc.

Dimensions:


Height : 121cm

Depth : 39cm

Width : 44cm


$650

ANTIQUE CEDAR PIER CABINET C 1904

This antique Australian Pier Cabinet in Cedar is quite a unique piece.

This multipurpose unit could be used as a bedside cabinet, small bookcase or other endless storage possibilities.

It features four internal shelves, original hardware and key and an exquisite piece of fiddleback Cedar for the gallery area which is surrounded on three sides by a quality, highly embossed brass gallery.It has an original, bevelled glass mirrored door panel.


Width : 52cm

Depth : 35.5cm

Height : 114.5cm

Fiddleback Cedar top surrounded by a brass gallery.


$750


Colonial Cedar Chiffonier C1860

Excellent original condition.

Back is shaped and carved in a classical manner with one shelf on small bobbin turned supports.

The bottom section has applied shield panel doors with acorn finial adornments.

The doors are flanked by half twist bobbin turned columns


$1100

RARE COLONIAL AUSTRALIAN CEDAR AND HUON PINE APPRENTICE BOOKCASE

C1850


19TH CENTURY PATINA.

Probably South Australian origin.

Exhibits alternate cross banding of Huon Pine and Cedar.

Flat pilasters of Huon Pine either side of lower doors.

Applied shields of Birds Eye Huon Pine to lower doors.

Pencil signature inside top of pelmet.

This signature appears to say -

"J . W. Penney " in flourishing manuscript.

Probably a " one off "


Dimensions:


Height: 112cm

Width : 67cm

Depth : 32.5cm


P.O.A.

ANTIQUE AUSTRALIAN COLONIAL CEDAR EXTENSION DINING TABLE.

19TH CENTURY.


THIS TABLE HAS 3 LEAVES AND ITS ORIGINAL PORCELAIN CASTORS.

It seats at least 8-10

231cm length

123 cm width

77cm in height.


$3250

EARLY AUSTRALIAN COLONIAL BLACKWOOD WHATNOT

C1850-60


Beautifully grained Blackwood shelves

and turned columns resting on early brass castors.


H 116.5cm x W 56cm x D 38cm


$550

AUSTRALIAN COLONIAL BLACKWOOD AND CEDAR SIDEBOARD/SERVERY

C1880'S


Original condition.

Cedar secondaries.

Mellow aged colour and patina.

Segment of Ballarat Star Newspaper behind mirror--1888.

So, possibly made in the Melbourne / Ballarat area.

Beautifully grained timber in this unusual Colonial piece.

Notice in the photo of side panels the single piece of unjoined Blackwood beautifully grained.


$400

CEDAR ARTS AND CRAFTS MAGAZINE STAND.


FEATURING POMEGRANATES CARVING ON FOUR SIDES.

A MOST UNUSUAL PIECE FOR THE COLLECTOR WANTING SOMETHING DIFFERENT

and unique in Australian furniture of the Arts and Crafts period.


DIMENSIONS:

H 80 X L 73 X D 25.


$950