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RARE EDWARDIAN OAK ARTIST''S SUPPLIES CABINET BY C. ROBERSON & CO. LONDON barley twist supports. Flap opening lids 535 x 490 x 730mm

Estimate: $400 - $1,000

Current Bid $400 (12 bids, reserve met)
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Lot Details

minor faults. With maker's label. Note: Roberson has a long and varied history as a important supplier to many of the UK's most famous artists. Established in London by Charles Roberson in 1810, the company stayed in the Covent Garden area until 1937. In the 19thC it was one of the most influential colour houses in London, its customers spanning the social spectrum from Queen Victoria to theatrical scene painters. Although London-based, Roberson's goods were sold throughout the United Kingdom and were carried to many parts of the British Empire by architects, surveyors, soldiers and colonial administrators, as well as being used on Sir Ernest Shackleton's Antarctic expeditions and by Sir Howard Carter in Egypt. Despite the growing importance of the amateur market in the nineteenth century, professional artists, many of whom worked in London, were the company's most valued customers. Roberson’s were proud of the number of Royal Academicians and celebrated painters on their account books and their customers included Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Edward Burne-Jones, Elizabeth Butler, Frederic Leighton, John Millais, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Singer Sargent, Walter Sickert, James Tissot, James McNeill Whistler and members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, the St John's Wood Clique and the Cranbrook Colony, as well as some of the great designers of the period including William Morris, William de Morgan, Gertrude Jekyll and Walter Crane.