This is a superb antique French burrwalnut, marquetry andormolu mountedjardiniere, circa 1870 in date.
It is beautifully decorated with floral marquetry decoration, gilded ormolu mounts and it is raised on elegant cabriole legs.
The rectangular lidded top lifts off to reveal a metal liner for your plants.
It looks very decorative with the lid in place, or with the lid removed, and a display of beautiful plants or flowers inside.
In excellent condition having been beautifully restored in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 83 x Width 70 x Depth 50
Dimensions in inches:
Height 2 foot, 9 inches x Width 2 foot, 4 inches x Depth 1 foot, 8 inches
Our reference: 07453
Figured Walnut and Burr Walnutwere considered as the most attractive varieties of Walnut. Burr Walnut veneer was taken from the specific part of the tree where ‘growths' sprouting smaller branches and/ or roots would occur. As these ‘growth' areas were limited in both occurrence and size, larger veneers were hard to source and often on bigger furniture (tables, desks, bureaus, cabinets etc), these veneers would have to be carefully joined by matching up the pieces or blending them together.
Ormolu -(from French 'or moulu', signifying ground or pounded gold) is an 18th-century English term for applying finely ground, high-caratgoldin amercuryamalgamto an object ofbronze.The mercury is driven off in akilnleaving behind a gold-coloured veneerknown as'gilt bronze'.
The manufacture of true ormolu employs a process known as mercury-gilding orfire-gilding, in which a solution ofnitrate of mercuryis applied to a piece ofcopper,brass, or bronze, followed by the application of anamalgamof 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.Electroplatingis the most common modern technique. Ormolu techniques are essentially the same as those used onsilver, to producesilver-gilt(also known asvermeil).
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