Antique Victorian Burr Walnut Pier Cabinet c.1870
Antique Victorian Burr Walnut Pier Cabinet c.1870
Antique Victorian Burr Walnut Pier Cabinet c.1870
Antique Victorian Burr Walnut Pier Cabinet c.1870
Antique Victorian Burr Walnut Pier Cabinet c.1870
Antique Victorian Burr Walnut Pier Cabinet c.1870
Antique Victorian Burr Walnut Pier Cabinet c.1870
Antique Victorian Burr Walnut Pier Cabinet c.1870
Antique Victorian Burr Walnut Pier Cabinet c.1870
Antique Victorian Burr Walnut Pier Cabinet c.1870
Antique Victorian Burr Walnut Pier Cabinet c.1870

Antique Victorian Burr Walnut Pier Cabinet c.1870

c. 1870 England

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This stunning antique Victorian pier cabinet is a true rarity. It has been accomplished in burr walnut with a glazed door, the whole beautifully inlaid. It dates from around 1870.

Adding to its truly unique character, it is decorated with exquisite gilded ormolu mounts.

One cannot overstate the truly unique opportunity to own such a delightful cabinet.

Condition:

It has been beautifully restored and the interior relined in salmon pink damask.


Dimensions in cm:

Height 109 x Width 33.5 x Depth 76

Dimensions in inches:

Height 42.9 x Width 13.2 x Depth 29.9
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).
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