A very decorative Regency period ebonised, brass inlaid and ormolu-mounted cabinet, with mirrored doors and Calacatta viola marble top, in the manner of James Newton.
English, c. 1815
Why we like it
One of the most elegant designs from the early 19th century, inspired by the ancient Egyptian motifs. The brass ball-feet and ormolu mounted columns are rare and unusual features, and the beautifully oxidised mirror plates and antique marble tops add to their timeless elegance.
Designed in the early 19th century ‘antique’ manner, popularised by Percier and Fontaine and relate to patterns for ‘Chiffoniers’ and ‘Drawing Room’ pier tables published in George Smith’s Collection of Designs for Household Furniture, 1808, pls. 114 and 122. Ebonised in the Egyptian taste and with the stylised palm-flowered pillars, relating to those of tripod torcheres in Thomas Hope’s Household Furniture and Interior Decoration, 1807, pl. 22.