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Pair French Louis XV style Bedside Chests Side Tables

Pair French Louis XV style Bedside Chests Side Tables
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  • Pair French Louis XV style Bedside Chests Side Tables
  • Pair French Louis XV style Bedside Chests Side Tables
  • Pair French Louis XV style Bedside Chests Side Tables
  • Pair French Louis XV style Bedside Chests Side Tables
  • Pair French Louis XV style Bedside Chests Side Tables
  • Pair French Louis XV style Bedside Chests Side Tables
  • Pair French Louis XV style Bedside Chests Side Tables
  • Pair French Louis XV style Bedside Chests Side Tables
  • Pair French Louis XV style Bedside Chests Side Tables
  • Pair French Louis XV style Bedside Chests Side Tables
  • Pair French Louis XV style Bedside Chests Side Tables
  • Pair French Louis XV style Bedside Chests Side Tables
  • Pair French Louis XV style Bedside Chests Side Tables
  • Pair French Louis XV style Bedside Chests Side Tables
  • Pair French Louis XV style Bedside Chests Side Tables
  • Pair French Louis XV style Bedside Chests Side Tables
  • Pair French Louis XV style Bedside Chests Side Tables
  • Pair French Louis XV style Bedside Chests Side Tables
  • Pair French Louis XV style Bedside Chests Side Tables
  • Pair French Louis XV style Bedside Chests Side Tables
  • Pair French Louis XV style Bedside Chests Side Tables
  • Pair French Louis XV style Bedside Chests Side Tables
  • Pair French Louis XV style Bedside Chests Side Tables
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Price: £850.00
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This is a lovely pair of French Louis XV style bedside chests from the last quarter of the 20th century.

These cabinets are made from burr walnut and mahogany with stunning boxwood inlays. They feature two spacious drawers, decorative ormolu mounts and a heart-shaped brass gallery for a very aesthetically pleasing effect.

Condition:

In excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation of condition.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 71 x Width 61 x Depth 40

Dimensions in inches:

Height 2 feet, 4 inches x Width 2 feet, 0 inches x Depth 1 foot, 4 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 produces some of the most complex and beautiful figuring you can find.

 

Mahogany 
is probably one of the largest ‘families’ of hardwood, having many different varieties within its own species.

Mahogany has been used for centuries in ship building, house building, furniture making etc and is the core structure of just about every 19th century vanity box, dressing case or jewellery box. It became more of a Victorian trend to dress Mahogany with these decorative veneers, such as Rosewood, Kingwood, Burr Walnut and Coromandel, so that the actual Mahogany was almost hidden from view.

Mahogany itself is a rich reddish brown wood that can range from being plain in appearance to something that is so vibrant, figured and almost three dimensional in effect. 

Although Mahogany was most often used in its solid form, it also provided some beautifully figured varieties of veneer like ‘Flame’ Mahogany and ‘Fiddleback’ Mahogany (named after its preferred use in the manufacture of fine musical instruments).

Cuban Mahogany was so sought after, that by the late 1850′s, this particular variety became all but extinct.

 

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 copperbrass, 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).

Angelica Kauffman, RA (1741 - 1807)

was a Swiss-born Austrian Neoclassical painter who had a successful career in London and Rome. Though born as "Kauffmann", Kauffman is the preferred spelling of her name in English; it is the form she herself used most in signing her correspondence, documents and paintings.

While Kauffman produced many types of art, she identified herself primarily as a history painter, an unusual designation for a woman artist in the 18th century. History painting, was considered the most elite and lucrative category in academic painting during this time period. Under the direction of Sir Joshua Reynolds, the Royal Academy made a strong effort to promote history painting to a native audience who were more interested in commissioning and buying portraits and landscapes.

Despite the popularity that Kauffman enjoyed in British society and her success as an artist, she was disappointed by the relative apathy that the British had towards history painting. Ultimately she left Britain for the continent, where history painting was better established, held in higher esteem and patronized.

The works of Angelica Kauffman have retained their reputation. By 1911, rooms decorated with her work were still to be seen in various quarters. At Hampton Court was a portrait of the duchess of Brunswick; in the National Portrait Gallery, a self-portrait. There were other pictures by her at Paris, at Dresden, in the Hermitage at St Petersburg, in the Alte Pinakothek atMunich, in Kadriorg Palace, Tallinn (Estonia).

Satinwood

is a hard and durable wood with a satinlike sheen, much used in cabinetmaking, especially in marquetry. It comes from two tropical trees of the family Rutaceae (rue family). East Indian or Ceylon satinwood is the yellowish or dark-brown heartwood of Chloroxylon swietenia.

The lustrous, fine-grained, usually figured wood is used for furniture, cabinetwork, veneers, and backs of brushes. West Indian satinwood, sometimes called yellow wood, is considered superior. It is the golden yellow, lustrous, even-grained wood found in the Florida Keys and the West Indies.

It has long been valued for furniture. It is also used for musical instruments, veneers, and other purposes. Satinwood is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Sapindales, family Rutaceae.

Our reference: 00248

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