A truly fabulousVictorian Revival dining set comprising a bespoke handmade marquetrytable and an antique set of Regency dining chairs C1820 in date.
There is no mistaking the classic and sophisticated design of this gorgeousburr walnutand marquetry dining table and set of fourteen Regency Period dining chairs.
The table is made from burr walnut which is not only strong, but has a beautiful grain. To highlight the grain, this table has been French polished. A French polish is an alcohol and shellac polish for wood. It takes a lot of patience, but it is one of the most beautiful finishes available, producing an exceptionally high gloss.
The table has four leaves which can be added or removed as required to suit the occasion by a special double wind out mechanism. When completely wound in, and the leaves are all removed the table is transformed into a 5ft diameter dining table.
It is raised on six elegant legs for extra stability and they terminate in brass cap castors
The table has exquisite marquetry decoration and these regal decorations include bouquets of flowers, vases, swirls and geometric designs.
The superb and rare long set of fourteen antique Regency Period mahogany dining chairs, Circa 1820 in date, comprises thirteen side chairs and one armchair.
The bar back chairs with curved top rails above scrolled horizontal splats. The overstuffed drop in seats above reeded seat rails, they are raised on elegant sabre legs, and they have been reupholstered in a sumptuous blue velvet.
It is rare to find such a large, fabulous and comfortable set of chairs and they will enhance your dining table beautifully.
In excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation.
The making of a marquetry masterpiece
The making of a bespoke marquetry dining table involves many phases - carried out with the highest level of attention to detail - by third generation master craftsmen in our workshop in Italy.
First the design of the marquetry is drawn on paper.
The paper is then glued on to a sheet of plywood and the veneers are attached to the underside with pins.
There can be a maximum of 16 sheets of veneer. In this case, there are 8 for the burr walnut and 8 for the marquetry.
With a fret cutter, using a very fine blade, the marquetry is cut out, using the burr walnut and various coloured veneers to compose the flowers. Today we use an electric fret cutter, although in the 18th and 19th centuries the cutters were operated by treadles.
All of the cut out pieces of veneer are then placed on a large tray.
They are then singed by being placed in hot sand in a red hot crucible. This singed effect gives different shades to the various veneers, depending on how deep and how long they are left in the hot sand.
The various items of veneer are then inserted into the burr walnut one by one. After they are inserted, tape is placed over them to keep them in place. They are then turned over and a sheet of glued paper is placed over them all, after which the tape can be removed.
The prepared solid mahogany table is then veneered with mahogany - twice on the under side, horizontally and vertically, and then once on the top side.
The prepared marquetry and burr walnut sheet is then placed on top and the whole table top is placed into a hot press, which glues the sheet to the top.
The backing paper can then be sanded off.
The table top is then veneered 4 times to prevent the top from bowing or warping.
Once the assembly is complete, the table is French polished by hand using natural products, resulting in a stunning bespoke masterpiece of marquetry.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 79 x Width 430 x Depth 150-Fully extended
Height 79 x Width 150 x Depth 150-With all leaves removed
Height 88 x Width 58 x Depth 61-Armchairs
Height 88 x Width 50 x Depth 53-Side chairs
Height 46-Seat Height
Dimensions in inches:
Height 2 foot, 7 inches x Width 14 feet, 1 inch x Depth 4 foot, 11 inches-Fully extended
Height 2 foot, 7 inches x Width 4 foot, 11 inches x Depth 4 foot, 11 inches-With all leaves removed
Height 2 foot, 11 inches x Width 1 foot, 11 inches x Depth 2 foot-Armchairs
Height 2 foot, 11 inches x Width 1 foot, 8 inches x Depth 1 foot, 9 inches-Side chairs
Height 1 foot, 6 inches-Seat Height
Our reference: A1203b
Walnut & Burr Walnut
Walnut is a hard, dense, tight- grained wood that polishes to a very smooth finish. It is a popular and attractive wood whose colour ranges from near white in the sapwood to a dark hew in the heartwood. When dried in a kiln, walnut wood tends to develop a dull brown colour, but when air-dried can become a rich purplish-brown. Because of its colour, hardness and grain, it is a prized furniture and carving wood. Walnut veneer was highly priced and the cost would reflect the ‘fanciness' of the veneer – the more decorative, then the more expensive and desirable.
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.
Walnut "burrs" were often used to make fabulous furniture. Veneer sliced from walnut burl is one of the most valuable and highly prized by cabinet makers and prestige car manufacturers and is also a favourite material for shotgun stocks.
Inlay was commonly used in the production of decorative burr walnut furniture, where pieces of coloured veneers are inlaid into the surface of the walnut, adding delicate or intricate patterns and designs. Inlays normally use various exotic veneers, but other materials such as mother-of-pearl, brass or bone were also be used.
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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