This is a superb antique pair of English Victorian tulipwood and ormolu mounted vitrines, circa 1870 in date.
Adding to their truly unique character they are decorated with exquisite gilded ormolu mounts and further embellished by the brass galleries around the tops.
The interiors have been beautifully lined in grey velvet and each has two glass shelves, so they are ready to display your collectables.
One cannot overstate the truly unique opportunity to own such a delightful pair of cabinets.
With the original working locks and keys.
In excellent condition having been beautifully restored in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 113 x Width 71 x Depth 37
Dimensions in inches:
Height 3 feet, 8 inches x Width 2 feet, 4 inches x Depth 1 foot, 3 inches
Brazilian tulipwood is a different species. A classic high-quality wood, it is very dense with a lovely figure. It is used for inlays in furniture and for small turned items. Available only in small sizes, it is rarely used in the solid for luxury furniture. Like other woods with a pronounced figure it is rather strongly subject to fashion.
Ormolu – (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.
No true ormolu was produced in France after around 1830 because legislation had outlawed the use of mercury. Therefore, other techniques were used instead but nothing surpasses the original mercury-firing ormolu method for sheer beauty and richness of colour. Electroplating is the most common modern technique. Ormolu techniques are essentially the same as those used on silver, to produce silver-gilt (also known as vermeil).
Our reference: 07180
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