Antique Edwardian Oval Satinwood Marquetry Tray, early 20th Century
Antique Edwardian Oval Satinwood Marquetry Tray, early 20th Century
Antique Edwardian Oval Satinwood Marquetry Tray, early 20th Century
Antique Edwardian Oval Satinwood Marquetry Tray, early 20th Century
Antique Edwardian Oval Satinwood Marquetry Tray, early 20th Century
Antique Edwardian Oval Satinwood Marquetry Tray, early 20th Century

Antique Edwardian Oval Satinwood Marquetry Tray, early 20th Century

c. 1900 England

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£360 gbp
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This is a beautiful antique Edwardian satinwood drinks tray with shaped gallery, circa 1900 in date.

The tray has elegant brass carrying handles and is inlaid with a fabulous marquetry of musical motifs.

It is a simple yet very elegant item which would enhance your afternoon tea experience.

Condition:
In excellent original condition, please see photos for confirmation.

Dimensions in cm:
Height 5 x Width 67 x Depth 41

Dimensions in inches:
Height 2.0 x Width 26.4 x Depth 16.1

Satinwood
is a hard and durable wood with a satinlike sheen, much used in cabinetmaking, especially in marquetry. It comes from two tropical trees of the family Rutaceae (rue family). East Indian or Ceylon satinwood is the yellowish or dark-brown heartwood of Chloroxylon swietenia.

The lustrous, fine-grained, usually figured wood is used for furniture, cabinetwork, veneers, and backs of brushes. West Indian satinwood, sometimes called yellow wood, is considered superior. It is the golden yellow, lustrous, even-grained wood found in the Florida Keys and the West Indies.

It has long been valued for furniture. It is also used for musical instruments, veneers, and other purposes. Satinwood is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Sapindales, family Rutaceae.

Marquetry
is decorative artistry where pieces of material (such as wood, mother of pearl, pewter, brass silver or shell) of different colours are inserted into surface wood veneer to form intricate patterns such as scrolls or flowers.

The technique of veneered marquetry had its inspiration in 16th century Florence. Marquetry elaborated upon Florentine techniques of inlaying solid marble slabs with designs formed of fitted marbles, jaspers and semi-precious stones. This work, called opere di commessi, has medieval parallels in Central Italian "Cosmati"-work of inlaid marble floors, altars and columns. The technique is known in English as pietra dura, for the "hardstones" used: onyx, jasper, cornelian, lapis lazuli and colored marbles. In Florence, the Chapel of the Medici at San Lorenzo is completely covered in a colored marble facing using this demanding jig-sawn technique.

Techniques of wood marquetry were developed in Antwerp and other Flemish centers of luxury cabinet-making during the early 16th century. The craft was imported full-blown to France after the mid-seventeenth century, to create furniture of unprecedented luxury being made at the royal manufactory of the Gobelins, charged with providing furnishings to decorate Versailles and the other royal residences of Louis XIV. Early masters of French marquetry were the Fleming Pierre Golle and his son-in-law, André-Charles Boulle, who founded a dynasty of royal and Parisian cabinet-makers (ébénistes) and gave his name to a technique of marquetry employing shell and brass with pewter in arabesque or intricately foliate designs.

Our reference: 06989
Dimensions
Height 5.00 cm (1.97 inches)
Width 67.00 cm (26.38 inches)
Depth 41.00 cm (16.14 inches)
Stock Code
06989
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