Enormous Bespoke Handmade Burr Walnut Marquetry 4 Door Sideboard
Enormous Bespoke Handmade Burr Walnut Marquetry 4 Door Sideboard
Enormous Bespoke Handmade Burr Walnut Marquetry 4 Door Sideboard
Enormous Bespoke Handmade Burr Walnut Marquetry 4 Door Sideboard
Enormous Bespoke Handmade Burr Walnut Marquetry 4 Door Sideboard
Enormous Bespoke Handmade Burr Walnut Marquetry 4 Door Sideboard

Enormous Bespoke Handmade Burr Walnut Marquetry 4 Door Sideboard

c. 2000 Italy

Offered by Regent Antiques

£6,750 gbp
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This is a superb and unusually large bespoke handmade burr walnut breakfront sideboard in Victorian style with room for all your plates, china, glassware and cutlery.

It features four doors and three capacious drawers. The interior has been beautifully lined with fabric, it has been hand crafted from fabulous burr walnut and features exquisite hand cut floral marquetry decoration.

The sideboard has been French polished by hand and is ready to add a touch of class to a special place in your home.


The making of a marquetry masterpiece
The making of a bespoke marquetry dining table involves many phases - carried out with the highest level of attention to detail - by third generation master craftsmen in our workshop in Italy.

First the design of the marquetry is drawn on paper.

The paper is then glued on to a sheet of plywood and the veneers are attached to the underside with pins.

There can be a maximum of 16 sheets of veneer. In this case, there are 8 for the burr walnut and 8 for the marquetry.

With a fret cutter, using a very fine blade, the marquetry is cut out, using the burr walnut and various coloured veneers to compose the flowers. Today we use an electric fret cutter, although in the 18th and 19th centuries the cutters were operated by treadles.

All of the cut out pieces of veneer are then placed on a large tray.

They are then singed by being placed in hot sand in a red hot crucible. This singed effect gives different shades to the various veneers, depending on how deep and how long they are left in the hot sand.

The various items of veneer are then inserted into the burr walnut one by one. After they are inserted, tape is placed over them to keep them in place. They are then turned over and a sheet of glued paper is placed over them all, after which the tape can be removed.

The prepared solid mahogany table is then veneered with mahogany - twice on the under side, horizontally and vertically, and then once on the top side.

The prepared marquetry and burr walnut sheet is then placed on top and the whole table top is placed into a hot press, which glues the sheet to the top.

The backing paper can then be sanded off.

The table top is then veneered 4 times to prevent the top from bowing or warping.

Once the assembly is complete, the table is French polished by hand using natural products, resulting in a stunning bespoke masterpiece of marquetry.


Dimensions in cm:
Height 105 x Width 264 x Depth 58

Dimensions in inches:
Height 3 feet, 5 inches x Width 8 feet, 8 inches x Depth 1 foot, 11 inches


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.

Marquetry is decorative artistry where pieces of material (such as wood, mother of pearl, pewter, brass silver or shell) of different colours are inserted into surface wood veneer to form intricate patterns such as scrolls or flowers.

The technique of veneered marquetry had its inspiration in 16th century Florence. Marquetry elaborated upon Florentine techniques of inlaying solid marble slabs with designs formed of fitted marbles, jaspers and semi-precious stones. This work, called opere di commessi, has medieval parallels in Central Italian "Cosmati"-work of inlaid marble floors, altars and columns. The technique is known in English as pietra dura, for the "hardstones" used: onyx, jasper, cornelian, lapis lazuli and colored marbles. In Florence, the Chapel of the Medici at San Lorenzo is completely covered in a colored marble facing using this demanding jig-sawn technique.

Techniques of wood marquetry were developed in Antwerp and other Flemish centers of luxury cabinet-making during the early 16th century. The craft was imported full-blown to France after the mid-seventeenth century, to create furniture of unprecedented luxury being made at the royal manufactory of the Gobelins, charged with providing furnishings to decorate Versailles and the other royal residences of Louis XIV. Early masters of French marquetry were the Fleming Pierre Golle and his son-in-law, André-Charles Boulle, who founded a dynasty of royal and Parisian cabinet-makers (ébénistes) and gave his name to a technique of marquetry employing brass with pewter in arabesque or intricately foliate designs.


Our reference: 02299

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Dimensions
Height 105.00 cm (41.34 inches)
Width 264.00 cm (103.94 inches)
Depth 58.00 cm (22.83 inches)
Stock Code
02299
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