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Antique Sheraton Style Inlaid mahogany Sideboard 19thC

Antique Sheraton Style Inlaid mahogany Sideboard 19thC
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  • Antique Sheraton Style Inlaid mahogany Sideboard 19thC
  • Antique Sheraton Style Inlaid mahogany Sideboard 19thC
  • Antique Sheraton Style Inlaid mahogany Sideboard 19thC
  • Antique Sheraton Style Inlaid mahogany Sideboard 19thC
  • Antique Sheraton Style Inlaid mahogany Sideboard 19thC
  • Antique Sheraton Style Inlaid mahogany Sideboard 19thC
  • Antique Sheraton Style Inlaid mahogany Sideboard 19thC
  • Antique Sheraton Style Inlaid mahogany Sideboard 19thC
  • Antique Sheraton Style Inlaid mahogany Sideboard 19thC
  • Antique Sheraton Style Inlaid mahogany Sideboard 19thC
  • Antique Sheraton Style Inlaid mahogany Sideboard 19thC
  • Antique Sheraton Style Inlaid mahogany Sideboard 19thC
  • Antique Sheraton Style Inlaid mahogany Sideboard 19thC
  • Antique Sheraton Style Inlaid mahogany Sideboard 19thC
  • Antique Sheraton Style Inlaid mahogany Sideboard 19thC
  • Antique Sheraton Style Inlaid mahogany Sideboard 19thC
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Price: £2,100.00
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This is a superb Sheraton-style flame mahogany serpentine sideboard with beautiful cross banded and fan inlaid decoration, Circa 1870 in date.

It has a central frieze drawer which is flanked by deep drawers, all with their original brass handles. It is raised on elegant square tapering legs and is complete with working locks and keys.

Add a touch of class to a special place in your home with this superb antique  sideboard.

Condition:


In excellent condition having been beautifully restored in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.
 

Dimensions in cm:

Height 88 x Width 168 x Depth 69

Dimensions in inches:

Height 2 feet, 11 inches x Width 5 feet, 6 inches x Depth 2 feet, 3 inches

Flame Mahogany
Thomas Sheraton
 - 18th century furniture designer, once characterized mahogany as "best suited to furniture where strength is demanded as well as a wood that works up easily, has a beautiful figure and polishes so well that it is an ornament to any room in which it may be placed." Matching his words to his work, Sheraton designed much mahogany furniture. The qualities that impressed Sheraton are particularly evident in a distinctive pattern of wood called "flame mahogany."

The flame figure in the wood is revealed by slicing through the face of the branch at the point where it joins another element of the tree.


Thomas Sheraton 
(1751 - 1806) was an English cabinetmaker and one of the leading exponents of Neoclassicism. Sheraton gave his name to a style of furniture characterised by a feminine refinement of late Georgian styles and became the most powerful source of inspiration behind the furniture of the late 18th century. His four-part Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterers’ Drawing Book greatly influenced English and American design.

Sheraton was apprenticed to a cabinetmaker, but he became better known as an inventor, artist, mystic, and religious controversialist. Initially he wrote on theological subjects, describing himself as a “mechanic, one who never had the advantage of collegiate or academical education.” He settled in London c. 1790, and his trade card gave his address as Wardour Street, Soho.

Supporting himself mainly as an author, Sheraton wrote Drawing Book (1791), the first part of which is devoted to somewhat naive, verbose dissertations on perspective, architecture, and geometry and the second part, on which his reputation is certainly based, is filled with plates that are admirable in draftsmanship, form, and proportion.

In 1803 Sheraton, who had been ordained a Baptist minister in 1800, published his Cabinet Dictionary (with plates), containing An Explanation of All Terms Used in the Cabinet, Chair and Upholstery Branches with Dictionary for Varnishing, Polishing and Gilding. 

Some of the designs in this work, venturing well into the Regency style, are markedly unconventional. That he was a fashionable cabinetmaker is remarkable, for he was poor, his home of necessity half shop. It cannot be presumed that he was the maker of those examples even closely resembling his plates. 

Although Sheraton undoubtedly borrowed from other cabinetmakers, most of the plates in his early publications are supposedly his own designs. The term Sheraton has been recklessly bestowed upon vast quantities of late 18th-century painted and inlaid satinwood furniture, but, properly understood and used in a generic sense, Sheraton is an appropriate label recognizing a mastermind behind the period. The opinion that his lack of success was caused by his assertive character is hypothetical.

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: 07622

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