English canterbury music & atlas stand.
Known as a canterbury (after the Bishop of Canterbury), this beautiful piece of furniture is designed to hold sheet music or atlas pages. Canterburys came into fashion in the late 18th Century in England, and were often crafted from mahogany, rosewood or walnut. They were seen as status symbols, since music was considered a civilised pastime, practiced exclusively by the leisure classes.
The canterbury features an X-shaped stand with slatted partitions, which tops the body of the piece. This body contains a drawer, usually to hold a magnifying glass or writing utensils. Drawer is fitted with two knob handles.
We do not know the exact age of this piece, and while we rescued it from the estate of an elderly music scholar, we believe it is not over 100 yrs old. Still, is a truly beautiful and collectable piece of antique English furniture, finished in a deep walnut. It is a heavy solid piece.
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$349.00 Regular Price