A superb antique English early Victorian top quality four door breakfront bookcase, masterfully crafted in rich burr walnut, Circa 1850 in date.
This magnificent bookcase features a flared breakfront cornice over four glazed doors with decorative scrolling bars in the upper section. It has twelve original shelves, and they can all be adjusted according to the height of your books.
The lower section has four useful drawers over four panel doors all of which open to reveal spacious cupboards with shelves.
The glazing and the shelves are all original, the drawer linings and the bookcase back are all made from solid mahogany and it is raised on a plinth base.
There is no mistaking its superb quality and very grand design, which is certain to make it a talking point in your home and stand proud in whichever room you choose to display it.
Complete with working locks and keys.
The bookcase is in excellent condition having been professionally cleaned and polished in our workshops. Please see photos for confirmation of its condition.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 243 x Width 231 x Depth 65
Dimensions in inches:
Height 95.7 x Width 90.9 x Depth 25.6
Walnut & Burr Walnut
Walnut is a hard, dense, tight- grained wood that polishes to a very smooth finish. It is a popular and attractive wood whose colour ranges from near white in the sapwood to a dark hew in the heartwood. When dried in a kiln, walnut wood tends to develop a dull brown colour, but when air-dried can become a rich purplish-brown. Because of its colour, hardness and grain, it is a prized furniture and carving wood. Walnut veneer was highly priced and the cost would reflect the ‘fanciness’ of the veneer – the more decorative, then the more expensive and desirable.
Burr walnut refers to the swirling figure present in nearly all walnut when cut and polished, and especially in the wood taken from the base of the tree where it joins the roots. However the true burr is a rare growth on the tree where hundreds of tiny branches have started to grow. Burr walnut produces some of the most complex and beautiful figuring you can find.
Walnut “burrs” were often used to make fabulous furniture. Veneer sliced from walnut burl is one of the most valuable and highly prized by cabinet makers and prestige car manufacturers and is also a favourite material for shotgun stocks.
Our reference: 09419