Rarely seen Richard Hornby Fyne Ladye Furniture hall / writing table
Fyne Ladye Furniture of Banbury was a quality maker selling through shops like Heals of London . Most of the pieces we see were made using solid afromosia , although a few pieces from around 1963/4 are seen in teak . Afromosia was a dark African teak that was not suited to being used as a veneer , so it was used by quality makers such as Dalescraft and A Younger as well as Fyne Ladye in the late 1950s and early 1960s when it was replaced by teak as the wood of choice for contemporary furniture . It was expensive back in the day and was a luxury to have such a piece which was designed to be used as a serving table or hall table , as then writing tables were not considered . It certainly today works equally as well as a small desk .
We haven’t had one of these lovely tables in the last 5 or 6 years . We sourced it along with a standard sideboard , table and 4 chairs from the family of the original owners . It was in lovely vintage condition as it had been well looked after , so all it needed was a light clean and oil and it now looks as good as it would have done when new c 1960 . Afromosia does fade differently over the years , so one side has a slighter darker panel than the rest , but the top and front have a lovely uniform colour . In the late 1960s and 1970s G Plan used it to make their Fresco handles and this is why you’ll often see their pieces with different shades to the handles !
Richard Hornby designed lovely clean lined pieces , and as with this piece the reeded drawers give added texture and lovely detailing to give it a bit of extra style . As with all Fyne Ladye pieces the quality of craftsmanship throughout is excellent .
It’s a lovely useful size at 115cms wide , 48cms deep , and surface height 82cms . Kneehole height is 62cms , so plenty of room for a chair .