A suite of oak Aesthetic movement bedroom furniture , third quarter 19th century, Collier & Pluncknett, Warwick & Leamington, with painted and gilt panels throughout, comprising; a breakfront wardrobe, 245cm high, 191cm wide, 60cm deep, a breakfront compactum wardrobe, 245cm high, 191cm wide, 60cm deep, a washstand, with Japonisme tiles above the variegated grey marble top, 123cm high, 135cm wide, 69cm deep, a writing table, with glazed superstructure, 148cm high, 133cm wide, 60cm deep, a half-tester bed frame, with heraldic lions to the footboard, 253cm high, 206cm long 161cm wide, and an overmantel or wall mount, 140cm high, 175cm wide, 25cm protuberance, some elements with maker's label
Provenance: Berwick House, Shropshire
James Plucknett was originally in partnership with Frederick Collier with showroom in Leamington Spa and workshops in Warwick. The firm advertised in various trade directories between 1872-1880 and gained many commissions from well healed local families as well as from further afield.
They advertises themselves as '...Manufacturers of rich carved furniture in the peculiar styles characteristic of the Gothic, Tudor and Elizabethan ages'
Perhaps Collier and Plucknett's best known commission was for Tyntesfield, the celebrated Victorian Mansion, which was re-modelled for William Gibbs (1790-1875). Collier and Plucknett supplied much of the Gothic revival furniture to Tyntesfield. Today Tyntesfield is owned by the national trust and as well as examples of furniture visitors can also view the fully fitted Collier and Plucknett bathroom of Matilda Blanche Gibbs.