Modernist Skyscraper-design Cabinet with Drawers
Attributed to Sir Ambrose Heal
Three drawers with cupboard over in Hungarian Ash veneers with Walnut to top and sides.
A Bedroom suite to this design, of which the Wardrobe conforms to this piece, was designed in 1933 by Sir Ambrose Heal for Miss Dodie Smith. Dodie Smith was a member of Heal’s staff and became a mistress of Ambrose Heal. She was also a playwright known for her 1931 play ‘Autumn Crocus’, and later the author of the novel ‘101 Dalmatians’ which went on to become a Disney cartoon. This piece is likely to have been a one-off production of the same design in a different finish.
Dodie Smith’s wardrobe is illustrated in Susanna Goodden, A History of Heals (1984), page 78. Others pieces of the suite appear in the Studio Yearbook 1934, page 51
H 45″/117cm; W 30″/76cm; D 18″/46cm
The price includes full restoration, please allow 6-8 weeks