Rare Midcentury 1960s Sideboard by Robert Macarthur for Vanson
This handsome Vanson sideboard has a fascinating history, both in terms of its design heritage and also how it got to us. A piece NOT designed by Peter Hayward, Vanson’s lead furniture designer from late 1950s into the 1960s, this particular design came from Robert Macarthur who joined Vanson in the early 1960s and this particular sideboard was launched in 1963 to match and rival G Plan’s hugely popular, Scandinavian influenced pieces. It came to us after decades serving in a family home and is in super condition. It’s been loved and taken care of. Although a large item of furniture, its design is thoughtful and accomplished, from the gently curved ends to the signature square drawer handles. And of course, sideboards offer masses of useful storage in the modern home.
This original, vintage piece is ‘sold as seen’. It’s in very good, used condition. We have thoroughly cleaned this piece, gently restoring the exterior wood with oil and wax. The two cupboard doors move with ease and the closures are in good, working order. They both feature a fixed shelf. The interior wood here is a little marked with use (it looks as if it served as a drinks cabinet) but nothing major and of course it’s not seen. The four drawers feature dovetail joints and slide with ease. The top drawer is baize lined and sectioned for cutlery. The drawer interiors are clean and tidy. The top surface, the area that tends to get the most scuffs and marks with these large sideboards, is in surprisingly good shape. There is a large ring mark where a plant has stood but overall it’s faint and not hugely noticeable – please see our photo of this. The original Vanson maker’s mark can be seen inside the drawer. Please refer to our photos for an accurate sense of the sideboard’s fine condition.
H: 71.5cm / W: 190cm / D: 48.5cm