This is a fabulous antique French Napoleon III burr walnut, bois de violette and ormolu mounted parquetry pier cabinet surmounted with the original striking Pierre Gris, marble top, circa 1860 in date.
The cabinet has an elegant geometric mosaic of specimen veneers in the form of conjoined diamond shaped decoration together with fabulous ormolu mounts. The single panelled door is framed by two columns and opens to reveal a capacious interior with two shelves.
It is surmounted with a fabulous shaped pale grey marble top, and it stands on a plinth base.
Complete with the original working lock and key.
It is an absolutely delightful piece of the very highest quality which is guaranteed to look amazing wherever it is placed.
In really excellent condition having been beautifully cleaned, polished and waxed in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 105 x Width 112 x Depth 44
Dimensions in inches:
Height 3 foot, 5 inches x Width 3 foot, 8 inches x Depth 1 foot, 5 inches
Our reference: A2579
Parquetry -is a geometric mosaic of wood pieces used for decorative effect. The two main uses of parquetry are as veneer patterns on furniture and block patterns for flooring. Parquetry patterns are entirely geometrical and angular—squares, triangles, lozenges.
The word derives from the Old French parchet , literally meaning "a small enclosed space". Large diagonal squares known as parquet de Versailles were introduced in 1684 as parquet de menuiserie to replace the marble flooring that required constant washing, which tended to rot the joists beneath the floors.
Such parquets en lozange were noted by the Swedish architect Daniel Cronström at Versailles and at the Grand Trianon in 1693.Timber contrasting in color and grain, such as oak, walnut, cherry, lime, pine, maple etc. are sometimes employed; and in the more expensive kinds the richly coloured mahogany and sometimes other tropical hardwoods are also used.
Antiques.co.uk Ref: H46BBJ2F7
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