To send a message simply fill out the form below.
Enquiry from Online Galleries regarding "Antique Kingwood & Rosewood Secretaire Abattant c.1820"
|If you do NOT want to receive newsletters from us regarding the antiques trade, please UNCHECK this box.|
To send this page to a friend, fill out the form below..
Look at what I found on the Online Galleries website!
It is made of fabulous kingwood with beautiful marquetry decoration.
The abattant's fall front opens to reveal an elegant interior with two useful shelves and four small drawers with decorative little handles as well as a light brown leathered writing surface.
There is a useful frieze drawer and the base has a useful large cupboard, with two doors and two shelves.
Complete with original working locks and keys.
It is a very elegant piece which is sure to enhance your surroundings.
In excellent condition having been beautifully restored in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 141 x Width 90 x Depth 41
Dimensions in inches:
Height 4 feet, 7 inches x Width 2 feet, 11 inches x Depth 1 foot, 4 inches
Kingwood is a classic furniture wood, almost exclusively used for inlays on very fine furniture. Occasionally it is used in the solid for small items and turned work, including parts of billiard cues, e.g., those made by John Parris. It is brownish-purple with many fine darker stripes and occasional irregular swirls. Occasionally it contains pale streaks of a similar colour to sapwood.
The wood is very dense and hard and can be brought to a spectacular finish. it turns well but due to its density and hardness can be difficult to work with hand tools. It also has a tendency to blunt the tools due to its abrasive properties.
Rosewood is a rich warm reddish brown wood that has a distinct grain with dark brown and black outlining. One variety of Rosewood can vary significantly from another even though it is of the same species. These Rosewoods, native of India, South East Asia and Brazil, were dense and awkward to work with. It was renowned for quickly bluntening cutting tools and visibly darkening in colour when over prepared.
The Brazilian species of Rosewood was by far the most beautifully figured and therefore it became the most sought after and rare. This was the wood of choice for the great box makers, David and Thomas Edwards who used it to veneer some of their finest pieces.
Our reference: 06375
318 Green Lanes