This is a superb antique Victorian burr walnut and marquetry inlaid credenza, circa 1860 in date.
The entire piece highlights the unique and truly exceptional pattern of the book matched burr walnut veneers, andit has been enriched by the beautiful floral marquetry decoration.
This credenza is bow ended with elegant curved glass bow end doors on either side. It has a pair of panelled doors in the centre where each is decorated with ribbon tied leafy marquetry branches with walnut and burr walnut surrounds and framed by a pair of stunning carved columns.
The central doors open to reveal an interior relined in stunning Royal Purple velvet, a central shelf and plenty of storage space for drinks, glasses and crockery.
Its attention to detail and lavish decoration are certain to draw the eye wherever you choose to place it in your home.
In excellent condition having been beautifully restored and the interior relined in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 106 x Width 178 x Depth 49
Dimensions in inches:
Height 3 foot, 6 inches x Width 5 foot, 10 inches x Depth 1 foot, 7 inches
Our reference: 07117
'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 produce some of the most complex and beautiful figuring you can find.
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 shell and brass with pewter in arabesque or intricately foliate designs.
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