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The linen press has been masterfully inlaid with a marquetry of flowers, flaming urns, scrolling foliage, lambrequins, scallop shells and acanthus leaves.
The pair of panelled doors encloses four linen slides, above two short and two long drawers, and it stands on elegant ogee splayed feet.
The locks and handles appear to be original.
It is a very decorative piece which is sure to attract a lot of attention.
It is original and untouched condition and any restoration that is required will be done before delivery, and this is included in the price.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 207 x Width 132 x Depth 61
Dimensions in inches:
Height 81.5 x Width 52.0 x Depth 24.0
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.
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.
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