Richard Hornby solid afromosia small Fyne Ladye Furniture sideboard
Richard Hornby’s simple clean designs for the top quality maker Fyne Ladye Furniture of Banbury are rarely labelled , but were retailed by top forward looking shops such as Heals of London . The use of solid afromosia is a typical feature from the late 1950s and early 60s when it was replaced by teak as the wood of choice . Fyne Ladye Furniture were at their peak at this time , and although they were still coming up with new designs in the late 1960s they weren’t as popular as these early 1960s ones as the later models rarely turn up for sale .
The recessed handle and the reeded drawers were a typical feature of Richard Hornby’s designs . The cabinet making of Fyne Ladye Furniture was top notch , and the use of solid wood was unusual for anything other than oak at the time , so their pieces would never have been cheap and were aimed at a small discerning market .
It’s been given a light clean and oil as after over 50 years of use it was looking a little dirty . We bought it from the family of the original owners who had had it from new along with a matching table and 4 chairs .
This particular example is unusual in that it has original locks , although we don’t have the key and it closes perfectly without the need of one !
It’s 152.5 cms long 48 cms deep and 86 cms high