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The upper part comprises a pair of doors that have beautiful small shelves on their inside, to display glasses and mixers. The doors open to reveal a stunning fitted mirrored interior with a glass shelf and a beautiful onyx base. It is fitted with lights that have been rewired and are in perfect working order. The lower part has two doors that open to reveal a cupboard with a shelf to house the bottles. There are two useful drawers to house your drinks accessories.
This cocktail bar would be a wonderful and playful addition to your lounge or family room and is sure to get noticed wherever it is placed.
Please note that the glasses and silver accessories are not included in the price.
In excellent condition having been beautifully restored in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 158 x Width 92 x Depth 44
Dimensions in inches:
Height 62.2 x Width 36.2 x Depth 17.3
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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