An Exquisite Victorian Treasure: The Bunyard Folio Stand

In the annals of antique furniture, there exist remarkable pieces that embody the elegance and craftsmanship of a bygone era. Among these treasures stands the Bunyard Folio Stand, a late 19th-century Victorian masterpiece that epitomises the refinement and practicality of its time. Crafted from oak, brass, and leather, this remarkable piece of furniture was designed to display and store architectural drawings, watercolours, and various works on paper, making it a valuable tool for artists, architects, and collectors during the Victorian era.

Attributed to the esteemed Bunyard family, known as the patent holders for this type of metamorphic folio, this stand hails from England and dates back to approximately 1890. Standing at an imposing height of 46 inches and measuring 40 inches in width, this folio stand exudes a sense of grandeur and prestige that befits the Victorian sensibilities of the time. Its traditional form, exquisitely crafted with attention to detail, showcases the mastery of the artisans who crafted it, rendering it an epitome of sophistication.

One of the standout features of the Bunyard Folio Stand is its additional easel that gracefully rises from the back. This ingenious addition allowed users to place a specific drawing or artwork, providing a convenient way to view and reference their creations. It speaks volumes about the Victorian pursuit of both form and function, merging practicality with aesthetic beauty.

The articulated brass legs are a testament to the thoughtful design and engineering behind this piece. When the folio stand is open, these legs elegantly fold forward to provide stable support for the contents displayed within. This level of attention to detail showcases the commitment to excellence that was prevalent during the Victorian era.

Suitable for a gentleman’s library, drawing room, or office, the Bunyard Folio Stand was undoubtedly an object of desire and admiration among the Victorian upper class. Its presence in such distinguished settings would have added sophistication and cultural refinement to any space it graced.

To further solidify its historical significance and provenance, a comparative example of a similar folio stand is found in the National Trust collection at Calke Abbey in Derbyshire, bearing the object number NT 287507. Such connections to renowned collections only serve to heighten its allure among collectors and admirers of English antique furniture.

The photographs of the Bunyard Folio Stand capture its timeless beauty and enduring charm. The harmonious blend of oak, brass, and leather materials exudes a sense of lasting durability, showcasing the value of craftsmanship from a time when quality and attention to detail were held in the highest regard.

In conclusion, the Bunyard Folio Stand is a remarkable representation of Victorian ingenuity and aesthetic appeal. Its attribution to the esteemed Bunyard family and an associated piece in the National Trust collection at Calke Abbey further enhance its historical significance and allure. This antique treasure stands as a testament to the artistry of a bygone era and serves as a coveted prize for collectors and enthusiasts alike, perpetuating the legacy of the Victorian era and its enduring impact on furniture design and craftsmanship.

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Victorian Leather Folio Stand

Stock Number: 25690

A late 19th-century oak, brass and leather folio stand of traditional form, with an additional easel that rises from the back. The articulated brass legs fold forward to support the folio when open.
Attributed to Bunyard (Patent holders for this type of metamorphic folio)
England Circa 1890
Height 46 inches, width 40 inches.
  • Height: 117 cm (46 inches)
  • Width: 101.5 cm (40 inches)

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  • Height: 117 cm (46 inches)
  • Width: 101.5 cm (40 inches)


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