This is a superb antique Victorian burr walnut and marquetry inlaid credenza, circa 1860 in date.
Oozing sophistication and charm, this credenza is the absolute epitome of Victorian high society.
The entire piece highlights the unique and truly exceptional pattern of the book matched burr walnut veneers, and it has been enriched by the beautiful boxwood line inlay, kingwood crossbanding and floral marquetry decoration.
This credenza is bow ended with elegant curved glass bow end doors on either side. It has a pair of panelled doors in the centre where each is decorated with ribbon tied leafy marquetry branches with walnut and burr walnut surrounds.
The central doors open to reveal a shelf and plenty of storage space for drinks, glasses, crockery, etc. They are flanked by dark patinated half columns topped with female caryatids.
Its attention to detail and lavish decoration are certain to draw the eye wherever you choose to place it in your home.
You are viewing this item in its excellent original condition as we have not yet had time to restore it. Any restoration that is required will be done before delivery and is included in the price.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 106 x Width 180 x Depth 50
Dimensions in inches:
Height 3 feet, 6 inches x Width 5 feet, 11 inches x Depth 1 foot, 8 inches
‘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 produce some of the most complex and beautiful figuring you can find.
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.
The technique of veneered marquetry had its inspiration in 16th century Florence. Marquetry elaborated upon Florentine techniques of inlaying solid marble slabs with designs formed of fitted marbles, jaspers and semi-precious stones. This work, called opere di commessi, has medieval parallels in Central Italian “Cosmati”-work of inlaid marble floors, altars and columns. The technique is known in English as pietra dura, for the “hardstones” used: onyx, jasper, cornelian, lapis lazuli and colored marbles. In Florence, the Chapel of the Medici at San Lorenzo is completely covered in a colored marble facing using this demanding jig-sawn technique.
Techniques of wood marquetry were developed in Antwerp and other Flemish centers of luxury cabinet-making during the early 16th century. The craft was imported full-blown to France after the mid-seventeenth century, to create furniture of unprecedented luxury being made at the royal manufactory of the Gobelins, charged with providing furnishings to decorate Versailles and the other royal residences of Louis XIV. Early masters of French marquetry were the Fleming Pierre Golle and his son-in-law, André-Charles Boulle, who founded a dynasty of royal and Parisian cabinet-makers (ébénistes) and gave his name to a technique of marquetry employing shell and brass with pewter in arabesque or intricately foliate designs.
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