This is a stunning antique Dutch marquetry inlaid chest of drawers, circa 1850 in date.
This splendid chest has been accomplished in striking figured mahogany and features a plethora of exquisite hand-cut floral, foliate and birds marquetry decoration typical of the period.
It has four capacious full-width drawers – one overhanging full width drawer and a further three full width graduated drawers with splendid pierced brass cast handles and escutcheons.
It comes with its original working locks and keys, and it stands on elegantly tapered feet.
This exceptional piece represents a fantastic example of Dutch marquetry cabinetry at its very finest.
In excellent condition having been beautifully cleaned, French polished and waxed in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 89 x Width 96 x Depth 47
Dimensions in inches:
Height 35.0 x Width 37.8 x Depth 18.5
Marquetry is decorative artistry where pieces of material (such as wood, mother of pearl, pewter, brass silver or shell) of different colors are inserted into surface wood veneer to form intricate patterns such as scrolls or flowers.
is probably one of the largest ‘families’ of hardwood, having many different varieties within its own species.
Mahogany has been used for centuries in ship building, house building, furniture making etc and is the core structure of just about every 19th century vanity box, dressing case or jewellery box. It became more of a Victorian trend to dress Mahogany with these decorative veneers, such as Rosewood, Kingwood, Burr Walnut and Coromandel, so that the actual Mahogany was almost hidden from view.
Mahogany itself is a rich reddish brown wood that can range from being plain in appearance to something that is so vibrant, figured and almost three dimensional in effect.
Although Mahogany was most often used in its solid form, it also provided some beautifully figured varieties of veneer like ‘Flame’ Mahogany and ‘Fiddleback’ Mahogany (named after its preferred use in the manufacture of fine musical instruments).
Cuban Mahogany was so sought after, that by the late 1850′s, this particular variety became all but extinct.
Our reference: 09855