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This piece highlights the unique and truly exceptional pattern of the burr walnut grain extremely well.
This credenza is serpentine ended with elegant serpentine glazed doors on either side. It has a panelled door in the centre which has intricate inlaid decoration, and it opens to reveal a shelf and plenty of storage space for drinks, glasses, crockery, etc.
It has fabulous ormolu mounts and a wonderful inlaid decoration to the frieze and uprights.
Its attention to detail and lavish decoration are certain to draw the eye wherever you choose to place it in your home.
In really excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 106 x Width 133 x Depth 42
Dimensions in inches:
Height 41.7 x Width 52.4 x Depth 16.5
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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