Antique Pair Italian Burr Walnut Commodini Bedside Chests 18th C
Antique Pair Italian Burr Walnut Commodini Bedside Chests 18th C
Antique Pair Italian Burr Walnut Commodini Bedside Chests 18th C
Antique Pair Italian Burr Walnut Commodini Bedside Chests 18th C
Antique Pair Italian Burr Walnut Commodini Bedside Chests 18th C
Antique Pair Italian Burr Walnut Commodini Bedside Chests 18th C

Antique Pair Italian Burr Walnut Commodini Bedside Chests 18th C

c. 1780 Italy

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This is a stunning pair of Antique Lombardy-Venetian burr walnut and ormolu mounted bedside chests, circa 1780 in date.

They are crafted from the most beautiful burr walnut with decorative gilded ormolu mounts. They each have four drawers, the alluring burr walnut is offset by the elegant ormolu handles and mounts, and they stand on elegant swept legs that terminate in hoof feet.

This delicious piece of craftsmanship could serve any purpose, perfect as a pair of bedside chests or as a small pair of commodes in the drawing room.

A truly gorgeous pair, they deserve pride of place in any furniture collection.

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

Dimensions in cm:
Height 79 x Width 63 x Depth 45

Dimensions in inches:
Height 31.1 x Width 24.8 x Depth 17.7

Burr Walnut
refers to the swirling figure present in nearly all walnut when cut and polished, and especially in the wood taken from the base of the tree where it joins the roots. However the true burr is a rare growth on the tree where hundreds of tiny branches have started to grow. Burr walnut produces some of the most complex and beautiful figuring you can find.

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: 08636
Dimensions
Height 79.00 cm (31.10 inches)
Width 63.00 cm (24.80 inches)
Depth 45.00 cm (17.72 inches)
Stock Code
08636
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