This is a spectacular antique George III flame mahogany and satinwood marquetry linen press, circa 1780 in date.
This splendid linen press features an exquisite dentil cornice above a gorgeous pair of cupboard doors that have been masterfully inlaid with oval panels featuring stunning marquetry urns. It is all outlined with distinguished zig-zag inlay, which adds a sense of order and remarkable composition to the entire piece.
The lower part has two half width and three full width drawers. The three full width drawers being centred by exquisite oval marquetry panels featuring sumptuous vases and floral ornaments.
It is raised on sturdy bracket feet and comes with its original working lock and key.
Not only is this antique linen press very functional, but it is also highly decorative and it is sure to attract a lot of attention.
In excellent condition having been beautifully cleaned polished and waxed in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 196 x Width 120 x Depth 64
Dimensions in inches:
Height 77.2 x Width 47.2 x Depth 25.2
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.
Marquetry 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.
Our reference: 09787