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Magnificent Empire Style Burr Walnut Bookcase Cabinet

Magnificent Empire Burr Walnut Bookcase Cabinet | Ref. no. 02845 | Regent Antiques Sold
Ref: 02845
Price: £ 0.00
This is a magnificent burr walnut bookcase in the timeless French Empire style, from the last quarter of the 20th century.

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This is a magnificent burr walnut bookcase in the timeless French Empire style, from the last quarter of the 20th century.

The bookcase features three shelves as well as an additional two shelves enclosed by two doors at the bottom of the piece.

Exquisite ormolu mounts, mouldings, feet, and ebonised columns adorn the bookcase, which was typical of the decoration used during the Empire period.

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

Condition:

In excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation.



Dimensions in cm:

Height 209 x Width 124 x Depth 59

Dimensions in inches:

Height 6 feet, 10 inches x Width 4 feet, 1 inch x Depth 1 foot, 11 inches

Our reference: 02845

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.

 

Empire style
is an early-19th-century design movement in architecturefurniture, other decorative arts, and the visual arts followed in Europe and America until around 1830.

 

The style originated in and takes its name from the rule of Napoleon I in the First French Empire, where it was intended to idealize Napoleon's leadership and the French state. The style corresponds to the Biedermeier style in the German-speaking lands, Federal style in the United States and to the Regency style in Britain. The previous style was called Louis XVI style, in France.

The Empire style was based on aspects of the Roman Empire. It is the second phase of neoclassicism which is also called "Directoire", after a goverment system.
Furniture typically had symbols and ornaments borrowed from the glorious ancient Greek and Roman empires.

The furniture was made from heavy woods such as mahogany and ebony, imported from the colonies, with dark finishes often with decorative bronze mounts. Marble tops were popular as were Egyptian motifs like sphinxes, griffins, urns and eagles and the Napoleonic symbols, the eagle, the bee, the initials "I" and a large "N." 
Gilded bronze (ormolu) details displayed a high level of craftsmanship.

 

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).

Dimensions in cm:

Height 209 x Width 124 x Depth 59

Dimensions in inches:

Height 6 feet, 10 inches x Width 4 feet, 1 inch x Depth 1 foot, 11 inches

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