A Fine Carved Mahogany Chippendale Style Bureau Bookcase, by E W Varley, dated 1924, the gothic style pierced gallery above a dentil cornice with blind fret carved frieze and glazed doors enclosing oak shelves, the fall enclosing a fitted interior of pigeon holes, small drawers and a secret drawer labelled Year 1924 Made to the order of Mr J H Pickering by E W Varley, 14 Blackburns Yard, Church Street, Whitby, with four long drawers below with rococo brass handles all between cluster columns, raised on carved bracket feet, 121c by 60cm by 239cm See illustration and inscription of drawer
During the early part of the 20th century Varleys of Whitby were a prominent Yorkshire family run business supplying the finest quality 18th century style furniture to clients in Britain and America. Running in the first three decades, Ernest William Varley (1876-1952), accompanied by his elder brother and son, who were both called Tom, ran their business from a workshop in Blackburn's Yard, Church Street, Whitby. Together they established a highly successful and reputable name in the furniture trade. Predominantly specialising in works to order they pride themselves on their quality, style and traditional techniques.
See lot 682 for a painting of George Varley