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This is a stunning, late 18th Century, Dutch marquetry cylinder bureau.
It has been accomplished in walnut and inlaid with exquisite urns, birds, stylised flowers and foliage, and with line-inlay overall with hand-cut floral marquetry patterns typical of the period.
The writing slope pulls out and raises the cylinder fall to reveal a fabulous interior of six long and four short drawers, two pigeon holes and two chequer inlaid secret bookends flanking a central tambour slide enclosing one drawer and a cupboard, over a shaped apron. The front of the bureau is a wonderful roll-top, bombe shape and it stands on swept bracket feet. The handles and locks are all original.
This exceptional piece represents a fantastic example of 18th century Dutch marquetry cabinetry at its very finest.
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Height 115 cm x Width 121 cm x Depth 57 cm
You are viewing this item in its excellent original condition as we have not yet had time to restore it. Any restoration that is required will be done before delivery and is included in the price.
Marquetry is the art and craft of applying pieces of veneer to a structure to form decorative patterns, designs or pictures. The technique may be applied to case furniture or even seat furniture, to decorative small objects with smooth, veneerable surfaces or to freestanding pictorial panels appreciated in their own right.
The veneers used are primarily woods, but may include bone, turtle-shell (tortoiseshell"), mother-of-pearl, pewter, brass or fine metals. Many exotic woods as well as common European varieties can be employed, from the near-white of boxwood to the near-black of ebony, with veneers that retain stains well, like sycamore, dyed to provide colours not found in nature.
The technique of veneered marquetry had its inspiration in 16th century Florence.
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