Antique Mahogany Dutch Marquetry Bureau Bookcase c.1800
Antique Mahogany Dutch Marquetry Bureau Bookcase c.1800
Antique Mahogany Dutch Marquetry Bureau Bookcase c.1800
Antique Mahogany Dutch Marquetry Bureau Bookcase c.1800
Antique Mahogany Dutch Marquetry Bureau Bookcase c.1800
Antique Mahogany Dutch Marquetry Bureau Bookcase c.1800
Antique Mahogany Dutch Marquetry Bureau Bookcase c.1800
Antique Mahogany Dutch Marquetry Bureau Bookcase c.1800
Antique Mahogany Dutch Marquetry Bureau Bookcase c.1800
Antique Mahogany Dutch Marquetry Bureau Bookcase c.1800
Antique Mahogany Dutch Marquetry Bureau Bookcase c.1800

Antique Mahogany Dutch Marquetry Bureau Bookcase c.1800

c. 1800 Netherlands

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This is a beautiful antique Dutch marquetry cylinder bureau bookcase, circa 1800 in date.

It has been made from the finest mahogany with fabulous floral marquetry decoration of various exotic veneers, and elegant ormolu handles and mounts.

The top has two glazed doors which open to reveal two adjustable shelves and the base has three oak lined deep drawers, very useful for storage.

The cylinder fall is raised as the writing surface is pulled out, for use as a desk, and the interior has small drawers, a small cupboard and secret compartments for storing pens, papers, etc. It has an inset green leather writing surface with blind tooling.

There is a pair of pull out candle slides above the fall, so that you can work by candlelight!!

It stands on it's beautiful and original lion's paw feet.

It is a very decorative piece which would look amazing anywhere placed.

Condition:

In excellent condition having been beautifully restored in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.


Dimensions in cm:

Height 241.5 x Width 145 x Depth 72

Dimensions in inches:

Height 95.1 x Width 57.1 x Depth 28.3
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).

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.

The technique of veneered marquetry had its inspiration in 16th century Florence. Marquetry elaborated upon Florentine techniques of inlaying solid marble slabs with designs formed of fitted marbles, jaspers and semi-precious stones. This work, called opere di commessi, has medieval parallels in Central Italian "Cosmati"-work of inlaid marble floors, altars and columns. The technique is known in English as pietra dura, for the "hardstones" used: onyx, jasper, cornelian, lapis lazuli and colored marbles. In Florence, the Chapel of the Medici at San Lorenzo is completely covered in a colored marble facing using this demanding jig-sawn technique.

Techniques of wood marquetry were developed in Antwerp and other Flemish centers of luxury cabinet-making during the early 16th century. The craft was imported full-blown to France after the mid-seventeenth century, to create furniture of unprecedented luxury being made at the royal manufactory of the Gobelins, charged with providing furnishings to decorate Versailles and the other royal residences of Louis XIV. Early masters of French marquetry were the Fleming Pierre Golle and his son-in-law, André-Charles Boulle, who founded a dynasty of royal and Parisian cabinet-makers (ébénistes) and gave his name to a technique of marquetry employing tortoiseshell and brass with pewter in arabesque or intricately foliate designs.

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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