Antique French Mahogany Display Cabinet c.1880
Antique French Mahogany Display Cabinet c.1880
Antique French Mahogany Display Cabinet c.1880
Antique French Mahogany Display Cabinet c.1880
Antique French Mahogany Display Cabinet c.1880
Antique French Mahogany Display Cabinet c.1880
Antique French Mahogany Display Cabinet c.1880
Antique French Mahogany Display Cabinet c.1880
Antique French Mahogany Display Cabinet c.1880
Antique French Mahogany Display Cabinet c.1880

Antique French Mahogany Display Cabinet c.1880

c. 1880 France

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This is a beautiful antique French mahogany and ormolu mounted display cabinet in the

French Louis XV manner, circa 1880 in date.

This beautiful cabinet has an abundance of exquisite ormolu mounts.

It has glass to the front and sides with a mirror back, the interior is lined in a

beautiful velvet fabric, there are three shelves and it stands on elegant slender

cabriole legs.

It is surmounted with a beautiful inset Breccia marble top with an elegant pierced

brass gallery.

With working lock and original key.

Add a touch of unparalleled style to your home. It is perfect for displaying your

collection of silver or porcelain.

Condition:

In excellent condition having been beautifully restored in our workshops, please see

photos for confirmation.


Dimensions in cm:

Height 151 x Width 65 x Depth 39

Dimensions in inches:

Height 4 feet, 11 inches x Width 2 feet, 2 inches x Depth 1 foot, 3 inches
Mahogany
is probably one of the largest ‘families’ of hardwood, having many different varieties

within its own species.

Mahogany has been used for centuries in ship building, house building, furniture making

etc and is the core structure of just about every 19th century vanity box, dressing

case or jewellery box. It became more of a Victorian trend to dress Mahogany with these

decorative veneers, such as Rosewood, Kingwood, Burr Walnut and Coromandel, so that the

actual Mahogany was almost hidden from view.

Mahogany itself is a rich reddish brown wood that can range from being plain in

appearance to something that is so vibrant, figured and almost three dimensional in

effect.

Although Mahogany was most often used in its solid form, it also provided some

beautifully figured varieties of veneer like ‘Flame’ Mahogany and ‘Fiddleback’ Mahogany

(named after its preferred use in the manufacture of fine musical instruments).

Cuban Mahogany was so sought after, that by the late 1850′s, this particular variety

became all but extinct.

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).





Our reference: 06773
Stock Code
06773
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