An American mahogany federal style sideboard made by Cowan Co., circa 1900. The sideboard is solid mahogany with crotch mahogany veneers, inlaid with satinwood, and with ebony and boxwood stringing throughout. It is 60" wide by 36" high (not including the back splash) by 24" deep. Extremely well made. All original condition and hardware. See below for more information on Cowan Co. Guaranteed to be as described.
We have other pieces to this fabulous dining set which include, the large sideboard we currently have listed, an extending dining table with 6 leaves and custom table pads, and 12 matching chairs including 2 armchairs and 10 side chairs. Please contact us if you are interested in the whole set. We have decided to list the pieces separately but would love to keep it all together. It has been in the same family as a set for almost 100 years. See below for some information on the maker.
W.K. Cowan Company, 1894 to 1916.
A Great Part of American Furniture History
A brief History of William Kennett Cowan:
W K Cowan (b 10/24/1869); Grad. Chicago Manual Training School 1889; Trained in architecture with Henry Ives Cobb (Chicago Varnish Co. Building, the Columbian Exposition, Newberry Library, Liberty Tower in Manhattan, and the King Edward Hotel in Toronto, and other notable places); Cowan designed and supervised all of the plumbing and "related fixtures" for the Columbian Exposition in 1893 Chicago.
In 1894 he started a special furniture business, which incorporated in 1901 with him as President and General Manager; by 1905 he had build one of the largest furniture factories in Chicago at 605 Lake Shore Drive at the foot of Ohio and Ontario Sts. Their Retail Store was at 203-207 Michigan Ave. This business was often called "Cowan Cabinet Made Furniture". They imported furniture until 1898 (English made, mainly). In 1898 they produced a wondrous catalog of their own furniture of hand crafted Mahogany and Circassian (European burled) Walnut with a "modest use of other decorative woods". The Univ. of CA has an online digitized copy: its worth ogling. For a while they were the top of the furniture business with retail sales outlets in big named stores throughout the USA.
They fell onto hard times and sold all their remaining inventory, etc. to the Gimbel Bros. of Philadelphia in 1916. They still maintained a small furniture business until about 1920. Mr. Cowan died at his home (1422 N. State St. Chicago)in 1928.