This is a stunning French kingwood and ormolu table top collectors cabinet, circa 1840 in date.
The cabinet is freestanding, finished all round, and the rectangular topfeatures a three-quarter ormolu gallery above a pair of marquetry panelled doors and sides. The pair of doors enclose six internal drawers and the cabinet is raised on a decorative plinth base with decorative ormolu feet.
It is a lovely and practical piece which can add a little bit of character to your stylish interiors.
Complete with the original working lock and key.
In excellent condition having been beautifully cleaned and polished in our workshops, and with only minor signs of wear commensurate with age and use, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 44 x Width 41 x Depth 20
Dimensions in inches:
Height 17.3 x Width 16.1 x Depth 7.9
is a classic furniture wood, almost exclusively used for inlays on very fine furniture. Occasionally it is used in the solid for small items and turned work, including parts of billiard cues, e.g., those made by John Parris. It is brownish-purple with many fine darker stripes and occasional irregular swirls. Occasionally it contains pale streaks of a similar colour to sapwood.
The wood is very dense and hard and can be brought to a spectacular finish. it turns well but due to its density and hardness can be difficult to work with hand tools. It also has a tendency to blunt the tools due to its abrasive properties.
(from French ‘or moulu’, signifying ground or pounded gold) is an 18th-century English term for applying finely ground, high-carat gold in a mercury amalgam to an object of bronze.The mercury is driven off in a kiln leaving behind a gold-coloured veneer known as ‘gilt bronze’.
The manufacture of true ormolu employs a process known as mercury-gilding or fire-gilding, in which a solution of nitrate of mercury is applied to a piece of copper, brass, or bronze, followed by the application of an amalgam of gold and mercury. The item was then exposed to extreme heat until the mercury burned off and the gold remained, adhered to the metal object.
Our reference: 08364