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A truly gorgeous piece, this commode deserves pride of place in any furniture collection.
It has three spacious full width drawers, the alluring contrast between the kingwood and the marble is offset by the most amazing gilded bronze handles and mounts.
An exquisite marble top serves as the proverbial cherry to this masterpiece, accentuating the majestic aura surrounding this magnificent item.
This delicious piece of craftsmanship could serve any purpose, from the focal point of an antiques collection to a remarkable addition to any room in your home.
In excellent condition having been beautifully restored in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 86 x Width 122 x Depth 56
Dimensions in inches:
Height 33.9 x Width 48.0 x Depth 22.0
Kingwood - has a defined grain with darker brown and black patterned outlines contrasting against a lighter background. A native wood of Brazil, Kingwood was a popular choice for late Georgian, William IV and early Victorian boxes, but seemed to lose favour from the late 1850′s onwards. It is very often confused with rosewood.
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).
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