This is a stunning antique French Louis Revival bombe'parquetrycommode, circa 1900in date.
It is crafted from the most beautifulkingwood and walnut, has solid oak lined drawers, the most wonderful ormolumounts and a breathtaking"MarmodiBrescia" marble top that has alluring hints of pink and yellow.
It has been beautifullyinlaid with elegant parquetry decoration, has two spacious drawers and the alluring contrast between thekingwoodand the marble is offset by the most amazing gilded bronze ormolu handles and mounts.
A truly gorgeous piece, this commode deserves pride of place in any furniture collection.
In excellent condition having been beautifully restored in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 83 x Width 126 x Depth 58
Dimensions in inches:
Height 2 foot, 9 inches x Width 4 foot, 2 inches x Depth 1 foot, 11 inches
Our reference: 05884
is a geometricmosaicofwoodpieces used for decorative effect.The two main uses of parquetry are as veneer patterns on furniture and block patterns forflooring. Parquet patterns are entirely geometrical and angular—squares,triangles,lozenges.
The word derives from the Old Frenchparchet(the diminutive ofparc), literally meaning "a small enclosed space". Large diagonal squares known asparquet deVersailleswere introduced in 1684 asparquet de menuiserie("woodwork parquet") to replace the marble flooring that required constant washing, which tended to rot the joists beneath the floors. Suchparquets en lozangewere noted by the Swedish architectDaniel Cronströmat Versailles and at theGrand Trianonin 1693.
Timber contrasting in colour and grain such as oak, walnut, kingwood, rosewood, maple, etc. are used.
is a classic furniture wood, almost exclusively used for inlays on very fine furniture. Occasionally it is used in the solid for small items and turned work, including parts of billiard cues, e.g., those made by JohnParris. It is brownish-purple with many fine darker stripes and occasional irregular swirls. Occasionally it contains pale streaks of a similarcolourto sapwood.
The wood is very dense and hard and can be brought to a spectacular finish. it turns well but due to its density and hardness can be difficult to work with hand tools. It also hasa tendency to blunt the tools due to its abrasiveproperties.
The Walnut woods are probably the most recognisable and popular of all the exotic woods, having been used in furniture making for many centuries. Walnut veneer was highly priced and the cost would reflect the ‘fanciness' of the veneer – the more decorative, then the more expensive and desirable.
(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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