Of outstanding quality, an early 19th Century Regency ormolu mounted amboyna and ebony shaped side cabinet on tapering legs
English circa 1810.
Finely decorated with ebony beading and stringing, the raised upper section with a pierced brass gallery surround, above a pair of amboyna veneered and ebony inlaid doors, opening to reveal a fitted shelved interior. Each door having a recessed panelled edge with ebony surround flanked by a pair of bowed doors, pleated fabric lined and brass grilled which again open to a shelved interior.
The lower section having a central ormolu mounted frieze drawer flanked by two bow-shaped drawers each being hinged to the sides, below which are a pair of recessed glazed doors and baize-lined pull-out slide with gilt knob handles above a shaped apron. Either side of the recess are tapering turned columns decoratively inlaid with ebony stringing with a pair of bow doors flanking to each side. The whole standing on finely turned and tapering legs decorated with ebony stringing.
In fine condition, the amboyna veneers having obtained a wonderful colour, supplied with a working key.
This fine cabinet is drawn closely upon the designs of Thomas Sheraton.
Amboyna, the veneer used, is normally only used as an inlay or for decorative panels on furniture due to it being such a rare and expensive exotic timber. The name is derived from Ambon Island in Indonesia, where much of the figured wood is believed to have been initially exported. Amboyna is still among the most expensive and sought-after of all burl woods today.
Width: 51 ½ inches – 131cm
Height: 67 inches – 170cm
Depth: 14 inches – 35.5cm