An Art Deco, Egyptian style. four door, burr walnut wardrobe by Semus, Switzerland, c. 1920-30.
Following the excavation of Egyptian sites, the motifs and designs of unearthed antiquities began to influence furniture, architecture and interior styles of the early 20th century.
The exterior of the wardrobe, in a beautiful walnut veneer, features a gentle inward sweep framed by two, Egyptian Papyrus columns with open bell capitals. A central column has been carved with a lotus bud design at the top and base.
The exquisite satinwood veneer interor features a central hanging space that is flanked on either side by two enclosed drawers, two open drawers and two shelves. There is a circular, dress mirror on the interior of the left door.
The keen attention to detail on the wardrobe can be seen throughout. The key, for example, has been cast in the form of a tiny yet intricate laurel wreath; finished in gold.
This wardrobe would be a standout piece in a dressing room or could be used in a hallway as a luxurious linen-press.