Gio Ponti style 1950s dining table and chairs by Beresford + Hicks

Gio Ponti style 1950s dining table and chairs by Beresford + Hicks

Beresford + Hicks were a long established top quality British maker who are best known for their dining furniture in the William and Mary and Queen Anne style . Around 1955 they also produced a few really stylish pieces in the contemporary Italian style of Gio Ponti and others . If you look online you may find a Beresford + Hicks desk and chair of the same era and style .

We’ve written a blog comparing this and a more typical Beresford + Hicks  dining set in the Queen Anne style which would have been their main focus at the same time .

Here they’re designer has come up with a really super table with a walnut veneered top on a sculptural ebonised base with metal detailing . Instead of using the usual florid walnut veneers that they would use in their Queen Anne style pieces here they’ve selected a striking but subtle veneer which contrasts well with the ebonised base . The dining chairs are not only very comfortable but they have a look that is really unusual for a British design of this period . The mass market G Plan came up with a range of successful dining and bedroom furniture that was influenced by the Italian style , but the full-blown Gio Ponti look was too flamboyant for British taste so you won’t find much British furniture like this . We have made  a number of google image searches since buying this set , and have found no others shown .

The table is a good size at 196.5cms long and 90.5cms wide . When we got it had a high varnished polish which had some marks after some 60 years of use . We’ve had it stripped and oiled , and the base re-ebonised . If you would like a higher shine to the top we can give it a French polish for a small charge , but we prefer the oiled finish .

The chairs have been cleaned and re-ebonised , and also re-upholstered as the original cream upholstery was in need of replacement .

The table is labelled for Beresford + Hicks

Gio Ponti style 1950s dining table and chairs by Beresford + Hicks

 

 

Price: SOLD

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