Antique French Burr Walnut Marquetry Side Cabinet 19th Century
Antique French Burr Walnut Marquetry Side Cabinet 19th Century
Antique French Burr Walnut Marquetry Side Cabinet 19th Century
Antique French Burr Walnut Marquetry Side Cabinet 19th Century
Antique French Burr Walnut Marquetry Side Cabinet 19th Century
Antique French Burr Walnut Marquetry Side Cabinet 19th Century

Antique French Burr Walnut Marquetry Side Cabinet 19th Century

c. 1860 France

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£2,950 gbp
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This is a beautiful antique French Napoleon III burr walnut and ormolu mounted marquetry side cabinet, with a beautiful Carrara marble top, in the grand Louis XV style, circa 1860 in date.

It is made of burr walnut and mahogany with a beautiful marquetry decoration of flowers garlands and urns, it has tulipwood crossbanding together with fabulous ormolu mounts. The pannelled door opens to reveal a capacious interior with two shelves and the cabinet stands on elegant toupie feet.

Fitted with the original working lock and key.


Condition:
In excellent condition having been beautifully restored in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.


Dimensions in cm:
Height 106 x Width 100 x Depth 43

Dimensions in inches:
Height 3 feet, 6 inches x Width 3 feet, 3 inches x Depth 1 foot, 5 inches


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.

Ormolu - (from French 'or moulu', signifying ground or pounded gold) is an 18th-century English term for applying finely ground, high-carat gold in a mercury amalgam to an object of bronze.The mercury is driven off in a kiln leaving behind a gold-coloured veneer known as 'gilt bronze'.

The manufacture of true ormolu employs a process known as mercury-gilding or fire-gilding, in which a solution of nitrate of mercury is applied to a piece of copper, brass, or bronze, followed by the application of an amalgam of gold and mercury. The item was then exposed to extreme heat until the mercury burned off and the gold remained, adhered to the metal object.

No true ormolu was produced in France after around 1830 because legislation had outlawed the use of mercury. Therefore, other techniques were used instead but nothing surpasses the original mercury-firing ormolu method for sheer beauty and richness of colour. Electroplating is the most common modern technique. Ormolu techniques are essentially the same as those used on silver, to produce silver-gilt (also known as vermeil).

Carrara marble - is a type of white or blue-grey marble popular for use in sculpture and building decor. It is quarried at the city of Carrara in the province of Massa-Carrara (Tuscany, Italy).

Carrara marble has been used since the time of Ancient Rome; the Pantheon and Trajan's Column in Rome are constructed of it. Many sculptures of the Renaissance, such as Michelangelo's David, were carved from Carrara marble. For Michelangelo at least, Carrara marble was valued above all other stone, except perhaps that of his own quarry in Pietrasanta. The Marble Arch in London and the Duomo di Siena are also made from this stone, as are the interiors of Manila Cathedral, the cold-white marbles of the Sheikh Zayed Mosque and the campus of Harvard Medical School.


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Dimensions
Height 106.00 cm (41.73 inches)
Width 100.00 cm (39.37 inches)
Depth 43.00 cm (16.93 inches)
Stock Code
07855
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