Whiteleigh African Teak Buffet Sideboard c1960
$850 or Best Offer
White Fine Furniture Whiteleigh Collection Buffet Sideboard African Teak c 1960
This is a rare mid-century modern buffet (or server or sideboard or cabinet) made by the White Fine Furniture Company of Mebane, NC in the late 1950s or early 1960s. It’s from the Whiteleigh collection and according to the original company catalog (see last photo), it’s made of African Teak from the mahogany family of woods.
“To bring you furniture with a new feeling of grandeur and graciousness, the Whiteleigh combines the elegance of Empire with the classic grace of Regency. Both were the “modern” styles of their day. The rare and valuable pieces which have come down to us reflect a simplicity, quality, and vitality that blends perfectly with White’s own brilliant concepts of Contemporary styling. (Whiteleigh catalog, White, the South’s Oldest Makers of Fine Furniture, Mebane, North Caroling, no date, p. 2).
“All solid parts are African Teak, one of the finest Mahogany-family cabinet woods, very light in color, and imported from the famous African Gold Coast. All veneered tops, drawer and door fronts are richly figured Prima Vera from Central America, are also light in color. Both woods have “open pores” as opposed to the “closed pores” of woods such as Cherry. (Whiteleigh catalog, White, the South’s Oldest Makers of Fine Furniture, Mebane, North Caroling, no date, p. 27).”
This stately Whiteleigh collection buffet is solid and well built. It offers lots of room for storage, with three pull out dovetailed drawers on the right side behind bifold doors – the top drawer still has the original silverware organization dividers and cloth cover. The left hand doors cover a centered shelf (wine glasses not included!) It has brass handles and brass caps on the feet.
The White Fine Furniture label is present. My family is the original and only owner of this piece. It’s in remarkable original, well-loved condition, with just minimal wear consistent with age and use. Overall the finish is in great condition, though a little dull and uneven in spots on the top. Please let me know if you’d like to see additional photos.
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