Early 1960s White and Newton dark teak chest of drawers by Arthur Edwards
Arthur Edwards was a very successful designer for White and Newton of Portsmouth before leaving in 1964. He worked for a number of companies over the years with great success. We currently have 2 of these lovely chests in afromosia which is sometimes called African teak. They’re from the Aston range.
White and Newton pieces from the 1960’s are always lovely quality and at this point they used a natural oiled finish. . The wood is a dark teak called afromosia. This was never used as a veneer unlike the lighter teak that became popular by 1964. This range appears in the 1962 White and Newton catalogue that’s in our collection.
Both are in good vintage condition. One has a couple of marks to the top as shown in one of the photos and was bought with a different White and Newton chest of drawers from an auction. The one on the right we bought as part of a full bedroom suite from the family of the original owner who bought it from new. This one has a darker patch to the top where a bowl has stood for years leaving a less faded area. The tops of both can be cleaned and re-finished for £50 each. We noticed small knocks to the base of the chest that came as part of a suite where a vacuum cleaner had hit it over the years but you only see that when on your hands and knees!
The suite would have been a major investment in around 1962. 2 Wardrobes, dressing table, chest, headboard with cabinets and stool would have added up to just over £200. £200 back in 1962 works out at about £4500 allowing for inflation since then!
ONE SOLD WITHIN LESS THAN A WEEK !
Dimensions: 102cms high , 61cms wide and 41cms deep ( plus handles )