Breathtaking burl wood and brass Mastercraft armoire. Four tubular outer skeletal brass support legs create a floating effect. The columns are fashioned in the style of bamboo stalks to add an Eastern flare. Hollywood Regency and Asian Modern meld together beautifully in this stunning and distinct Mastercraft armoire. Decorative solid brass pulls on each drawer and door front. All beautifully patinated in a warm lacquer singular to Mastercraft pieces. Rarely do we discover bedroom furniture this exceptional. The arched top on his Mastercraft armoire is attractive and unique.
This Mastercraft armoire was purchased from the original owners in outstanding condition. The burl wood and brass has only minor imperfects. The Furnish Me Vintage restoration team did however detail this piece top to bottom.
Compared to that other furniture-makers in historically minded Grand Rapids, Michigan, the work of Mastercraft seems positively flamboyant. The company was founded in 1947 by brothers Charles and William Doezema, who hailed from a long line of cabinetmakers. They went overseas during their service in World War II, and returned home with a plan to make furniture with cosmopolitan flair. Their firm specialized in chairs and case pieces that have modernized traditional forms, finished in exotic wood veneers such as amboyna, yew, burl and fruitwood, and trimmed in brass. Bureaus and credenzas often feature cabinet fronts with decorative brass details such as silhouettes of flowers and birds, or figures that resemble Chinese characters.
In later years, Mastercraft created chairs and glass-topped coffee tables with brass frames. Some pieces included touches like the Greek key — a motif that appears in the decorative arts of both Asian and European antiquity. After Mastercraft was acquired by industry giant Baker Furniture in 1974, the company produced a large group of case pieces featuring applied brass plaques, acid-etched with semi-abstract forms by the German-born, Vancouver-based artist Bernhard Rohne.