Antique French Mahogany Ormolu Mounted Breakfront Open Bookcase 19th C
Antique French Mahogany Ormolu Mounted Breakfront Open Bookcase 19th C
Antique French Mahogany Ormolu Mounted Breakfront Open Bookcase 19th C
Antique French Mahogany Ormolu Mounted Breakfront Open Bookcase 19th C
Antique French Mahogany Ormolu Mounted Breakfront Open Bookcase 19th C
Antique French Mahogany Ormolu Mounted Breakfront Open Bookcase 19th C

Antique French Mahogany Ormolu Mounted Breakfront Open Bookcase 19th C

19th century France

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£2,750 gbp
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This is a beautiful antique French mahogany and gilt ormolu mounted open breakfront bookcase, circa 1880 in date.

The frieze and side mahogany panels are superbly inlaid with kingwood and burr walnut bandings. It is fitted with twelve adjustable burr walnut fronted shelves, so books of different sizes can be easily accomodated. It has decorative gilt ormolu foliate mounts and is raised on a plinth base.

Add a touch of elegance to a special room in your home with this stunning bookcase.

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

Dimensions in cm:
Height 197 x Width 168 x Depth 43

Dimensions in inches:
Height 77.6 x Width 66.1 x Depth 16.9

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.

After around 1830 because legislation had outlawed the use of mercury other techniques were used instead. Electroplating is the most common modern technique. Ormolu techniques are essentially the same as those used on silver, to produce silver-gilt..

Our reference: 08732
Dimensions
Height 197.00 cm (77.56 inches)
Width 168.00 cm (66.14 inches)
Depth 43.00 cm (16.93 inches)
Stock Code
08732
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