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Louis XV Rosewood Walnut Marquetry Commode Siena Marble

Louis XV Rosewood Walnut Marquetry Commode Siena Marble | Ref. no. 02224b | Regent Antiques Sold
Ref: 02224b
Price: £ 0.00
An absolutely breathtaking large French rosewood and walnut commode with exquisite marquetry decoration, ormolu mounts, and a fabulous Griotte marble top, in the Louis XV style, dating from the last quarter of the 20th century.

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An absolutely breathtaking large French rosewood and walnut commode with exquisite marquetry decoration, ormolu mounts, and a fabulous Griotte marble top, in the Louis XV style, dating from the last quarter of the 20th century.

Add a touch of supreme grandeur to a special room in your home with this stunning commode.

Condition:

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



Dimensions in cm:

Height 92 x Width 132 x Depth 58

Dimensions in inches:

Height 3 feet, 0 inches x Width 4 feet, 4 inches x Depth 1 foot, 11 inches

Our reference: 02224b

Rosewood
is a rich warm reddish brown wood that has a distinct grain with dark brown and black outlining. One variety of Rosewood can vary significantly from another even though it is of the same species. These Rosewoods, native of India, South East Asia and Brazil, were dense and awkward to work with. It was renowned for quickly bluntening cutting tools and visibly darkening in colour when over prepared.

The Brazilian species of Rosewood was by far the most beautifully figured and therefore it became the most sought after and rare. This was the wood of choice for the great box makers, David and Thomas Edwards who used it to veneer some of their finest pieces.

 Walnut
The Walnut woods are probably the most recognisable and popular of all the exotic woods, having been used in furniture making for many centuries. Walnut veneer was highly priced and the cost would reflect the ‘fanciness’ of the veneer – the more decorative, then the more expensive and desirable.

Figured Walnut and Burr Walnut (often referred to as Burl Walnut) were considered as the most attractive varieties of Walnut. Burr Walnut veneer was taken from the specific part of the tree where ‘growths’ sprouting smaller branches and/ or roots would occur. As these ‘growth’ areas were limited in both occurrence and size, larger veneers were hard to source and often on bigger furniture (tables, desks, bureaus, cabinets etc), these veneers would have to be carefully joined by matching up the pieces or blending them together.

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).

Griotte marble - is named after the griotte cherry because of its remarkable bright red colour. The more red the marble, the higher quality it is. When the marble contains many goniatites (small fossilized shells) full of white calcite the marble is called “Partridge eye”.

The quarries, still active today, are in the Herault region and the name “Griotte from Italy” is a marketing label. Red Griotte was the favourite marble for Royal apartments in the 18th century, particularly for mantles, like the one in the office of Louis XIV in Versailles.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 92 x Width 132 x Depth 58

Dimensions in inches:

Height 3 feet, 0 inches x Width 4 feet, 4 inches x Depth 1 foot, 11 inches

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