Antique Victorian Burr Walnut Inlaid Credenza Edwards & Roberts 19thC
Antique Victorian Burr Walnut Inlaid Credenza Edwards & Roberts 19thC
Antique Victorian Burr Walnut Inlaid Credenza Edwards & Roberts 19thC
Antique Victorian Burr Walnut Inlaid Credenza Edwards & Roberts 19thC
Antique Victorian Burr Walnut Inlaid Credenza Edwards & Roberts 19thC
Antique Victorian Burr Walnut Inlaid Credenza Edwards & Roberts 19thC

EDWARD & ROBERTS (1845-1899)

Antique Victorian Burr Walnut Inlaid Credenza Edwards & Roberts 19thC

19th century England

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A Victorian inlaid burr walnut credenza embellished with ormolu stylised columns, which bears the stamp of the renowned London cabinet maker and retailer Edwards & Roberts, Circa 1860 in date.

This truly superb credenza is ormolu mounted, has intricate inlaid decoration and is made of burr walnut and thuya wood. The entire piece highlights the unique and truly exceptional pattern of the burr walnut grain extremely well.

The panelled door in the centre opens to reveal a burgundy velvet lined interior with a central shelf and plenty of storage space for drinks, glasses, crockery, etc.. It has a glazed door at either end, each enclosing a mahogany interior with two shelves, each faced with inlaid burr walnut. It has an imposing ormolu Corinthian column at each end, the finishing touch to this elegant piece.

Oozing sophistication and charm, this credenza is the absolute epitome of Victorian high society. Its attention to detail and lavish decoration are certain to draw the eye wherever you choose to place it in your home.

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

Dimensions in cm:
Height 102 x Width 184 x Depth 43

Dimensions in inches:
Height 40.2 x Width 72.4 x Depth 16.9

Edwards & Roberts

The firm Edwards & Roberts was one of the best English antique furniture cabinet makers of the second half of the eighteenth century. The company was founded in 1845 and by 1854 was trading as ‘Edwards & Roberts’, 21 Wardour Street, Antique and Modern Cabinet Makers and Importers of Ancient Furniture’. By 1892 they occupied more than a dozen buildings in Wardour Street, where they continued to trade until the end of the century.

They became one of the leading London cabinet makers and retailers producing high quality furniture and working in a variety of styles, both modern and revivalist. Their business also involved retailing, adapting and restoring the finest antique furniture and there are many examples of their earlier furniture with later embellishments bearing their stamp. The quality of timber used was always the best quality with fine burr walnuts, finely figured mahogany and lighter toned satinwood as they specialised in marquetry, inlay and ormolu.

Walnut & Burr Walnut

Walnut is a hard, dense, tight- grained wood that polishes to a very smooth finish. It is a popular and attractive wood whose colour ranges from near white in the sapwood to a dark hew in the heartwood. When dried in a kiln, walnut wood tends to develop a dull brown colour, but when air-dried can become a rich purplish-brown. Because of its colour, hardness and grain, it is a prized furniture and carving wood. Walnut veneer was highly priced and the cost would reflect the ‘fanciness’ of the veneer – the more decorative, then the more expensive and desirable.

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.

Walnut "burrs" were often used to make fabulous furniture. Veneer sliced from walnut burl is one of the most valuable and highly prized by cabinet makers and prestige car manufacturers and is also a favourite material for shotgun stocks.

Inlay was commonly used in the production of decorative burr walnut furniture, where pieces of coloured veneers are inlaid into the surface of the walnut, adding delicate or intricate patterns and designs. Inlays normally use various exotic veneers, but other materials such as mother-of-pearl, brass or bone were also be used.

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: 08903x
Dimensions
Height 102.00 cm (40.16 inches)
Width 184.00 cm (72.44 inches)
Depth 43.00 cm (16.93 inches)
Stock Code
08903x
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