Designed by Iconic designer Ernest Gomme for G-plan, 1960, in near perfect condition this stunning pair has been looked after for the entirety of its 62 years, retaining its original varnish, brasswear & internal shelving in the best condition. This pair have an E Gomme Gold embossed stamp, which means that they would have been made between 1956-1965. (This particular stamp was used on furniture made between 1952-1965). Models from G Plan’s Tola and Black range first appeared in catalogues from 1956 and continued to be sold well into and through the 1960s.
The Room dividers are constructed in tola (African mahogany) veneer on engineered board, in a walnut brown and black finish; the sides feature moulded, solid tola fitted around the board and veneer.
On the ‘Boire’ Librenza The top cupboard compartment is enclosed by sliding, removable, doors and feature recessed brass handles, the shelves are ebonised, with the smaller middle shelves being adjustable. The unit’s lower section has two drawers and a fall front, bottom cabinet, revealing a shelved interior; both feature original brass, cast, drop handles. The drawers are constructed with machine, dovetail joints and mahogany lined sides. The whole piece is raised on ebonised legs, with brass feet.
The ‘Bureau’ Librenza its features adjustable ebonised shelving throughout. The upper section features a pull down Bureau section featuring all of the original interior organisation partitions, with brass, cast, drop handles. The units lower section features sliding removable doors & features recessed brass handles. The ‘Bureau’ Librenza has the original Vinyl that was offered as an option when the pieces were originally sold in 1960; the vinyl is removable and will reveal the Tola mahogany underneath should you want them removed.
The name ‘Librenza’ was devised by Doris Gundry (working within J Walter Thompson advertising agency) and is a combination of ‘library’ and ‘cadenza’, reflecting the design concept. Doris Gundry was also the architect of the name ‘G Plan’ as well as their early slogans.
The Librenzas are in great condition, the Wood panels & surfaces do not have any noticeable marking, water staining or major chips. The Ebonized wood is equally as great in condition. The interior of the drawers are un-stained, the interior wood inside the drop door and the sliding doors is excellent in condition. There are a few marks commensurate with age as would be expected with a piece of nearly 70 years.
Dimensions are the same on both:
Height - 192cm
Width - 92cm
Depth - 46cm