Antique Dutch Mahogany & Marquetry Wardrobe C1840 19th C


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Object Description

A 19th century Dutch mahogany and marquetry wardrobe, moulded concave cornice above a pair of panelled doors enclosing drawers, profusely inlaid with flowering stems, insects and scrolling leaves, 188cm high, 127cm wide, c.1840

This is an impressive antique Dutch mahogany and marquetry wardrobe circa 1840 in date.

This wonderful two-door wardrobe features an exquisite moulded concave cornice above highly attractive panelled doors profusely inlaid with flowering stems, insects and scrolling leaves.

The doors open to reveal a capacious space with a full length hanging section with a brass rail and a useful pair of fitted drawers on the bottom.

It is raised on a splendid plinth base and is complete with its original gilt bronze escutcheons, working lock and key.

It is a truly beautiful and spacious wardrobe with handsome proportions, and amazingly undisturbed patina.

In really excellent condition having been cleaned polished and waxed in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.

Dimensions in cm:
Height 188 x Width 138 x Depth 53

Dimensions in inches:
Height 74.0 x Width 54.3 x Depth 20.9

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.

Our reference: A1188

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