This sought-after but seldom seen Dunbar sideboard by McIntosh is a truly outstanding example of mid century design – elegant and beautiful. The bank of 4 drawers to the centre of this piece are longer than is standard on McIntosh sideboards and the handles on both the drawers and cupboard doors are beautiful to the eye. The top drawer is lined in black felt with cutlery dividers built in. The slide-out tray hidden within the right hand cupboard space can be used in situ or removed and placed on the top of the sideboard to allow hot dishes to be placed there or for resting bottles when mixing cocktails. The cut-away shelf in the left hand cupboard is another design detail that is both practical and beautiful.
Scottish furniture manufacturer McIntosh is best known on the vintage market for their mid-century style furniture, particularly for teak cabinetry and sideboards. Founded in 1869 by Alexander Henry (A.H) McIntosh (1835-1919) in Kirkcaldy, Fife. The business quickly grew in size, requiring new, larger premises just a decade later. In 1879, McIntosh bought a new factory and opened Victoria Cabinet Works a year later.
Despite an aesthetic that could be mistaken as Danish modern, the company marketed itself, both at home and abroad, as a proud Scottish firm that utilized traditional processes and that employed local, highly-skilled cabinetmakers. The McIntosh label, which survives on many 1950s and 1960s pieces, shows the Scottish thistle and crown, a long-time symbol of Scotland. From 1948 until 1983, Tom Robertson worked as head designer for the firm; creating his most notable design, the teak Dunvegan sideboard (1960s) known for its sculpted handles.
This piece is in super condition as we’ve had it refinished by a professional furniture restorer. The drawer handles have been previously repaired but the repairs are now almost unnoticeable (see photo).
L:213 W:46 H:76cm