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Antique French Kingwood & Marquetry Display Cabinet c.1880

Antique French Kingwood & Marquetry Display Cabinet c.1880 | Ref. no. 07320 | Regent Antiques Sold
Ref: 07320
Price: £ 0.00
This is a beautiful antique French kingwood and ormolu mounted display cabinet in the French Louis XV  manner, circa 1880 in date.

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This is a beautiful antique French kingwood and ormolu mounted display cabinet in the French Louis XV  manner, circa 1880 in date.

This beautiful cabinet has superb floral marquetry decoration and  an abundance of exquisite ormolu mounts.

It has glass to the front and sides, the interior is lined in  a beautiful burgundy velvet, there are three shelves and it  stands on elegant slender cabriole legs.

It is surmounted with a beautiful inset Breccia marble top with an elegant pierced brass gallery.

With working lock and original key.

Add a touch of unparalleled style to your home. It is perfect for displaying your collection of silver or porcelain.

Condition:

In excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation.



Dimensions in cm:

Height 140 x Width 68 x Depth 37

Dimensions in inches:

Height 4 feet, 7 inches x Width 2 feet, 3 inches x Depth 1 foot, 3 inches

Our reference: 07320

Kingwood
is a classic furniture wood, almost exclusively used for inlays on very fine furniture. Occasionally it is used in the solid for small items and turned work, including parts of billiard cues, e.g., those made by John Parris. It is brownish-purple with many fine darker stripes and occasional irregular swirls. Occasionally it contains pale streaks of a similar colour to sapwood.

The wood is very dense and hard and can be brought to a spectacular finish. it turns well but due to its density and hardness can be difficult to work with hand tools. It also has a tendency to blunt the tools due to its abrasive properties.


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 140 x Width 68 x Depth 37

Dimensions in inches:

Height 4 feet, 7 inches x Width 2 feet, 3 inches x Depth 1 foot, 3 inches

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