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The serpentine fronted and tulipwood crossbanded top has an oval central floral marquetry panel. The hinged top opens to a baized interior and revolves to reveal a marquetry games board.
The top with arabesques design and foliate scrolls featuring birds, opens to reveal a baize-lined playing surface.
The card table stands on elegant slender cabriole legs and is further decorated with gilded ormolu mounts and it has a useful drawer for storing your cards, pens and paper.
It is an absolute masterpiece which is sure to get a lot attention wherever it is placed.
In excellent condition having been beautifully restored in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 75 x Width 81 x Depth 51 - Closed
Height 75 x Width 95 x Depth 79 - Open
Dimensions in inches:
Height 29.5 x Width 31.9 x Depth 20.1 - Closed
Height 29.5 x Width 37.4 x Depth 31.1 - Open
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.
is most commonly, the pinkish yellowish wood yielded from the tulip tree. It is found on the Eastern side of North America and also in some parts of China.
In the United States, it is commonly known as tulip poplar or yellow poplar, even though the tree is not related to the poplars. In fact, the reference to poplar is a result of the tree's height, which can exceed 100 feet.
(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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