c.1950s James Mont Designed Asian-Style Dry Bar Cabinet by George Zee & Co.
c.1950s is this gorgeous and sophisticated, and well-crafted piece within the Hollywood Regency era, is this Asian inspired dry ...
morec.1950s is this gorgeous and sophisticated, and well-crafted piece within the Hollywood Regency era, is this Asian inspired dry bar cabinet, by the Asian Import Company, George Zee & Company, situated in Kowloon, Hong Kong. They are known for their beautifully crafted, kiln dried art carved furniture. as well as many other items, and thus by utilizing this, well-established company, for their high quality, for commissioned pieces, designed by James Mont, for the U.S. Import market. The cabinet is wood, kiln dried, which has been finished in high gloss lacquer, with details of Asian scenes, hand painted gold details, with Greek Key Details , as well as with numerous, inland material used, such as; Mother of Pearl, Abalone, and Jade throughout the fronts and sides, as well as the interior top, of inside top, as numerous images reflect. The piece has rounded, radius corners, to front of dry bar, as well as the same rounded applications given to corners the top corners. and lidded top, some of which are inlaid, but some protrude as relief, given the nature of the material aka Jade. There are also wood carved relief details to legs and apron surround, of base, also having floral and Greek Key design details as such, a often used esthetic to Asian themes, but brought upon by the Stamp of James Mont's design mantra. For the inside; the top lid lifts up, and has brass brackets to the back, to rest upon the back, implemented crossbar stretcher, which houses hinged back, as well as rests for this lid to sit upon, and not flap backwards to hit any wall, a keen, and observant, industrial furniture maker's dream to detail, with substantive solutions to those dilemmas. Also once the top is lifted, there to top rest of cabinet, are 2 pieces with a divided, exposed center, in which to flap and out and expose the upper portion of the dry bar, all hinged backs, and then the front top portion of cabinet door front, can be opened by, pulling front back toward's you, and down to expose an interior section of storage space, and with a parallel wall. That wall hides, without detracting from the overall effect of this pieces, but a clever design element, is a recessed, coved interior piece, with 4 cutout holes, in which to house, Wine/Liquor/Spirits bottles, which is a "removable" piece, also lacquered, but also to not take away from extra storage of bar essentials is the lower portion of the front cabinet, which are 2 doors, once opened, one can see an upper level recessed shelf, with an expansive amount below to store the likes of a full bar, for any social, gathering occasion, or daily use, but vast amounts of storage. Lest we not also detail the additional storage, which has been implemented in this piece, are to the offsetting sides, are additional doors to house glassware/barware, as well as to the offsetting radius corners of cabinet, are 2 more additional storage spaces, to additionally house more glassware, this time, to hang manhattan, or short cordials, or brandy snifters. The backside has the original maker's brass plate, with a sequential production number, and an additional sticker affixed, to show provenance, and maker, for import purposes. All in all this item; is a design wonder, with expansive material and craftsmanship utilized in it's production, as well as to the details, affording it, and what vast pros a cabinet may yield in it's finality, to be utilized for many generations to come, as which we were told, was made customer, for the original owner, who traveled the world, especially to the Far East.
There may be some slight wear, to perhaps some of the finish, with a ding, or paint, loss, but extremely minimal at that, given the age, production year and use of this lovely piece. The hardware is all brass, with the pulls having Asian Pagoda theme, or character of the Asian Alphabet. There is 1 pull missing from the side door to left side facing outward, but the actual hardware intact. mind you we will be trying to find replacement, but were told it was due to mover pulling on it, and lost during the move. From a Jupiter, Florida Estate.
Dimensions Height with Lidded Top Down and Main Listing: 38.25"H.
Dimensions with Top Lid Raised: 51"H.
In excellent condition to carry on for many years to come, but a seminal piece, by a seminal designer nonetheless.
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- 32ʺW × 18ʺD × 38.25ʺH
- George Zee
- James Mont
- Place of Origin
- Hong Kong
- Vintage / Antique / Used, Original Condition Unaltered, Some Imperfections
- Condition Notes
- Excellent - Minor wear consistent with age and history Excellent - Minor wear consistent with age and history less
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