Royal House Antiques is delighted to offer for sale this very rare and highly collectable Charlotte Horstmann of Hong Kong mahogany Military Campaign Chest of drawers / Secretaire desk with huge oversize brass handles. A very rare and highly collectable piece from the wonder that is Charlotte Horstmann, Campaign furniture has been highly coveted for over 140 years, this is a rather special piece due to its history, it has the original Charlotte Horstmann stamp inside the drawer. This piece is as mentioned a Secretaire desk which is hidden inside the top drawer. We have cleaned waxed and polished it from top to bottom, there will be a good patination from years of honest use and genuine age to include some sunlight discolouration.Please note all measurements are taken at the widest point, if you would like any additional or specific measurements please ask. Charlotte Horstmann's Hong Kong antiques establishment is the sort of treasure-filled shop one reads about in novels but encounters rarely.
Situated in the Ocean Terminal, two minutes from the ferry terminal on the Kowloon side of Hong Kong Harbour, it is a crowded two-level emporium arranged with great flair; at every turn there is something wonderful to touch. The walls are covered with reverse glass paintings, Chinese scrolls, period embroideries, No masks and framed fragments of vintage wallpapers. Late-medieval Ming vases in dazzling colours share shelf space with 11th-century Sung jugs, awesome in their simplicity. Table tops are covered with curious and superbly crafted items. A gilded Japanese bronze stirrup lies next to an Anglo-Indian rosewood lap desk; a Khmer bronze stands beside a low Japanese table.The art and antiques on view emanate originally from India, Thailand, Burma, Indonesia, China, Japan and Korea. They date from the 10th century to the late 20th and re-present an extraordinary mix of materials -jade, amber, porcelain, silver, glass, lacquer, bronze, wood, silk and bamboo. In 27 years the partner/proprietors - the shop is now known as Charlotte Horstmann and Gerald Godfrey, Ltd.
Have built a business that is regarded internationally as singular for the broad range of Oriental offerings and the rarities that can be found there. Charlotte Horstmann is, not surprisingly, something of a legend - especially to the museum curators, collectors, designers, department store buyers and tourists who have found in the shop's softly lighted interior some example of Orientalia to satisfy their taste without destroying their bank balance.
She was born in Berlin and taken as an infant to Peking, where she was raised.'At 14 I began collecting Sung dynasty pottery,'' she said recently. Her knowledge of period wares was broadened substantially and deepened in the 1920's and 1930's when for 17 years she worked as an interpreter and met among others such art collectors and museum people as John D. And Lawrence Sickman, who is now director emeritus of a Kansas City museum called the William Rockhill Nelson Gallery and Atkins Museum of Fine Art. She became an antiques dealer in Peking and in 1950 moved to Bangkok, taking her collection of Ming furniture with her.The Ming furniture moved again to Hong Kong in 1955 when she opened a small shop on Ice House Road on Hong Kong Island. A tiny, charming woman with silver hair framing a face that reveals both her German and Chinese ancestry, Mrs. Horstmann retains at 73 a dynamism that awes those half her age. Royal House Antiques is a privately owned family ran business founded in Wimbledon SW19 and now based in Pulborough RH20. We specialise in finding, restoring very fine luxury antique leather seating, along with every single other type of antique ranging from the 16. We also stock a number of designer brands such as Fritz Hansen, Ralph Lauren, Cavalli, Charles & Ray Eames, Vitra, David Linley, Rolex, Tiffany, Jager Le Coulter and so on. Please view the very detailed pictures as they form part of the description pertaining to the condition. Royal House Antiques cannot be held liable for any independent assumptions made regarding the items we sell, if you are unsure on any point, please feel free to ask for clarity. Please note vintage period and original items such as leather seating will always have natural patina in the form of creasing and wear, we recommend annual 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.
Whomever 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-person team. The item "ORIGINAL CHARLOTTE HORSTMANN HONG KONG MILITARY CAMPAIGN CHEST OF DRAWERS DESK" is in sale since Friday, June 4, 2021. This item is in the category "Antiques\Antique Furniture\Dressers & Chests of Drawers".The seller is "royal-house-antiques" and is located in Pulborough. This item can be shipped worldwide.