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The table is made of burr walnut and mahogany and is decorated with a profusion of exquisite ormolu mounts. It has two leaves, each 55cm, which can be added or removed as required to suit the occasion. The frieze is mounted with fabulous ormolu mounts of ribbon tied festoons, on floral pendant mounted square tapering legs headed with Corinthian capitals, terminating in ormolu hairy claw feet.
There is no mistaking the classic and sophisticated design of the Regency style dining chairs with marquetry decoration. They comprise a pair of armchairs and eight side chairs. They all have drop in seats which are covered in a royal burgundy and gold upholstery. The upholstered seat cushions can be removed to reveal weaved cane seats. This variation allows for cooler and more comfortable dining in the warmer summer months.
It is a very decorative set which will become the central focus point in your dining or conference room.
In excellent condition having been beautifully restored and the chairs reupholstered in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 77 x Width 118 x Depth 296 - Fully extended
Height 77 x Width 118 x Depth 186 - With both leaves removed
Height 105 x Width 56 x Depth 53 - Armchairs
Height 105 x Width 48 x Depth 46 - Chairs
Dimensions in inches:
Height 30.3 x Width 46.5 x Depth 116.5 - Fully extended
Height 30.3 x Width 46.5 x Depth 73.2 - With both leaves removed
Height 41.3 x Width 22.0 x Depth 20.9 - Armchairs
Height 41.3 x Width 18.9 x Depth 18.1 - Chairs
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 produce some of the most complex and beautiful figuring you can find.
Mahogany is probably one of the largest ‘families’ of hardwood, having many different varieties within its own species.
Mahogany has been used for centuries in ship building, house building, furniture making etc and is the core structure of just about every 19th century vanity box, dressing case or jewellery box. It became more of a Victorian trend to dress Mahogany with these decorative veneers, such as Rosewood, Kingwood, Burr Walnut and Coromandel, so that the actual Mahogany was almost hidden from view.
Mahogany itself is a rich reddish brown wood that can range from being plain in appearance to something that is so vibrant, figured and almost three dimensional in effect.
Although Mahogany was most often used in its solid form, it also provided some beautifully figured varieties of veneer like ‘Flame’ Mahogany and ‘Fiddleback’ Mahogany (named after its preferred use in the manufacture of fine musical instruments).
Cuban Mahogany was so sought after, that by the late 1850′s, this particular variety became all but extinct.
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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