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French Burr Walnut Louis XV Revival Marquetry Bureau

French Burr Walnut Louis XV Revival Marquetry Bureau | Ref. no. 07333 | Regent Antiques Sold
Ref: 07333
Price: £ 0.00
This is an elegant bureau in the French Louis XV  style with a beautiful fitted interior, dating from the last quarter of the 20th century.

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This is an elegant bureau in the French Louis XV  style with a beautiful fitted interior, dating from the last quarter of the 20th century.

This magnificent piece is made of the finest burwalnut and kingwood and features superb marquetry decoration and exquisite ormolu mounts.

The fall opens to reveal a beautiful fitted interior with four  small drawers and an arrangement of pigeonholes and there is a full width drawer in the frieze.


Add a touch of unparalleled style to your home.


Condition:

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



Dimensions in cm:

Height 95 x Width 67 x Depth 42

Dimensions in inches:

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

Our reference: 07333

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.


Marquetry
is decorative artistry where pieces of material (such as wood, mother of pearl, pewter, brass silver or shell) of different colours are inserted into surface wood veneer to form intricate patterns such as scrolls or flowers.

The technique of veneered marquetry had its inspiration in 16th century Florence. Marquetry elaborated upon Florentine techniques of inlaying solid marble slabs with designs formed of fitted marbles, jaspers and semi-precious stones. This work, called opere di commessi, has medieval parallels in Central Italian "Cosmati"-work of inlaid marble floors, altars and columns. The technique is known in English as pietra dura, for the "hardstones" used: onyx, jasper, cornelian, lapis lazuli and colored marbles. In Florence, the Chapel of the Medici at San Lorenzo is completely covered in a colored marble facing using this demanding jig-sawn technique.

Techniques of wood marquetry were developed in Antwerp and other Flemish centers of luxury cabinet-making during the early 16th century. The craft was imported full-blown to France after the mid-seventeenth century, to create furniture of unprecedented luxury being made at the royal manufactory of the Gobelins, charged with providing furnishings to decorate Versailles and the other royal residences of Louis XIV. Early masters of French marquetry were the Fleming Pierre Golle and his son-in-law, André-Charles Boulle, who founded a dynasty of royal and Parisian cabinet-makers (ébénistes) and gave his name to a technique of marquetry employing shell and brass with pewter in arabesque or intricately foliate designs.


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 95 x Width 67 x Depth 42

Dimensions in inches:

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

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