This is a beautiful antique English Victorian mahogany and marquetry bureau bookcase, Circa 1860 in date and in excellent condition.
It has been made from mahogany with satinwood crossbanding and decorated with a geometric design of scrolls, husks and flowerheads. The upper part has a decorative pierced swan neck broken pediment cornice with acanthus scroll carving centred by an urn finial, the frieze centred by a satinwood ground panel with paterae, the two astragal glazed doors enclose an interior fitted with adjustable shelves.
The lower part with sloping hinged fall with wonderful marquetry decoration depicting an urn of ribbon tied scrolling foliage, husks, masks and cornucopia on a flame mahogany ground, enclosing a fitted interior with small drawers and pigeon holes. Below this are four full width graduated drawers and it is raised on elegant bracket feet.
Complete with working locks and keys.
In excellent condition having been beautifully cleaned and polished in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 253 x Width 111 x Depth 56
Dimensions in inches:
Height 8 feet, 4 inches x Width 3 feet, 8 inches x Depth 1 foot, 10 inches
Thomas Sheraton – 18th century furniture designer, once characterized mahogany as “best suited to furniture where strength is demanded as well as a wood that works up easily, has a beautiful figure and polishes so well that it is an ornament to any room in which it may be placed.” Matching his words to his work, Sheraton designed much mahogany furniture. The qualities that impressed Sheraton are particularly evident in a distinctive pattern of wood called “flame mahogany.”
The flame figure in the wood is revealed by slicing through the face of the branch at the point where it joins another element of the tree.
Our reference: 08271