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Antique Victorian Calamander Inlaid Credenza c.1850

Antique Victorian Calamander Inlaid Credenza
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  • Antique Victorian Calamander Inlaid Credenza
  • Antique Victorian Calamander Inlaid Credenza
  • Antique Victorian Calamander Inlaid Credenza
  • Antique Victorian Calamander Inlaid Credenza
  • Antique Victorian Calamander Inlaid Credenza
  • Antique Victorian Calamander Inlaid Credenza
  • Antique Victorian Calamander Inlaid Credenza
  • Antique Victorian Calamander Inlaid Credenza
  • Antique Victorian Calamander Inlaid Credenza
  • Antique Victorian Calamander Inlaid Credenza
  • Antique Victorian Calamander Inlaid Credenza
  • Antique Victorian Calamander Inlaid Credenza
  • Antique Victorian Calamander Inlaid Credenza
  • Antique Victorian Calamander Inlaid Credenza
  • Antique Victorian Calamander Inlaid Credenza
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Price: £6,750.00
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This is a superb antique Victorian calamander and burr walnut inlaid credenza, circa 1850 in date.

Oozing sophistication and charm, this credenza is the absolute epitome of Victorian high society. 


The entire piece highlights the unique and truly exceptional pattern of the calamander wood extremely well. It has burr walnut insets with fruitwood inlaid decoration and the most wonderful marquetry decoration with kingwood crossbanding which  was the work of a Victorian master craftsman. This credenza has elegant  serpentine open ends with a  panelled door in the centre which opens to reveal a shelf and  plenty of room to house your drinks, glasses, crockery, etc. The serpentine ends are mirror backed and the shelves have intricate ormolu galleries at the front.

It is smothered in fabulous ormolu mounts which give this cabinet the regal look. Its attention to detail and lavish decoration are certain to draw the eye wherever you choose to place it in your home.


Condition:

In really excellent condition having been beautifully restored and the interior relined with a beautiful golden fabric,in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 107 x Width 206 x Depth 51

Dimensions in inches:

Height 3 feet, 6 inches x Width 6 feet, 9 inches x Depth 1 foot, 8 inches

Coromandel wood or Calamander wood is a valuable wood from IndiaSri Lanka  and South East Asia. It is of a hazel-brown color, with black stripes (or the other way about), very heavy and hard. It is also known as Macassar Ebony or variegated ebony and is closely related to genuine ebony, but is obtained from different species in the same genus; one of these is Diospyros quaesita Thwaites, from Sri Lanka. The name Calamander comes from the local sinhalese name, 'kalu-medhiriya', which means dark chamber; referring to the characteristic ebony black wood.

Coromandel wood has been logged to extinction over the last 2 to 3 hundred years and is no longer available for new work in any quantity. Furniture in coromandel is so expensive and so well looked after that even recycling it is an unlikely source. A substitute, Macassar Ebony, has similar characteristics and to the untrained eye is nearly the same but it lacks the depth of colour seen in genuine Coromandel.



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.
 

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: 04181

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