Our London showrooms
Open Mon to Fri 10am - 5pm
Open Sat 22nd June 10am - 4pm

Antique French Mahogany Ormolu Mounted Breakfront Open Bookcase 19th C

Antique French Mahogany Ormolu Mounted Breakfront Open Bookcase  19th C | Ref. no. 08732 | Regent Antiques
Click on image to zoom
  • Antique French Mahogany Ormolu Mounted Breakfront Open Bookcase  19th C | Ref. no. 08732 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Mahogany Ormolu Mounted Breakfront Open Bookcase  19th C | Ref. no. 08732 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Mahogany Ormolu Mounted Breakfront Open Bookcase  19th C | Ref. no. 08732 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Mahogany Ormolu Mounted Breakfront Open Bookcase  19th C | Ref. no. 08732 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Mahogany Ormolu Mounted Breakfront Open Bookcase  19th C | Ref. no. 08732 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Mahogany Ormolu Mounted Breakfront Open Bookcase  19th C | Ref. no. 08732 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Mahogany Ormolu Mounted Breakfront Open Bookcase  19th C | Ref. no. 08732 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Mahogany Ormolu Mounted Breakfront Open Bookcase  19th C | Ref. no. 08732 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Mahogany Ormolu Mounted Breakfront Open Bookcase  19th C | Ref. no. 08732 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Mahogany Ormolu Mounted Breakfront Open Bookcase  19th C | Ref. no. 08732 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Mahogany Ormolu Mounted Breakfront Open Bookcase  19th C | Ref. no. 08732 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Mahogany Ormolu Mounted Breakfront Open Bookcase  19th C | Ref. no. 08732 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Mahogany Ormolu Mounted Breakfront Open Bookcase  19th C | Ref. no. 08732 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Mahogany Ormolu Mounted Breakfront Open Bookcase  19th C | Ref. no. 08732 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Mahogany Ormolu Mounted Breakfront Open Bookcase  19th C | Ref. no. 08732 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Mahogany Ormolu Mounted Breakfront Open Bookcase  19th C | Ref. no. 08732 | Regent Antiques
Ref: 08732
Price: £2,750.00
This is a beautiful antique French mahogany and gilt ormolu mounted open breakfront bookcase, circa 1880 in date.

For weekly notifications of new arrivals in your categories of interest please click HERE.

This is a beautiful antique French mahogany and gilt ormolu mounted open breakfront bookcase, circa 1880 in date.  

The frieze and side mahogany panels are superbly inlaid with kingwood and burr walnut bandings.  It is fitted with twelve adjustable burr walnut fronted shelves, so books of different sizes can be easily accomodated. It has decorative gilt ormolu foliate mounts and is raised on a plinth base.

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

 

Condition:

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


Dimensions in cm:

Height 197 x Width 168 x Depth 43

Dimensions in inches:

Height 6 feet, 6 inches x Width 5 feet, 6 inches x Depth 1 foot, 5 inches

Our reference: 08732

Please feel free to email or call us (+44 20 8809 9605) to arrange a viewing in our North London warehouse.

Mahogany 
is probably one of the largest ‘families’ of hardwood, having many different varieties within its own species.

Mahogany has been used for centuries in ship building, house building, furniture making etc and is the core structure of just about every 19th century vanity box, dressing case or jewellery box. It became more of a Victorian trend to dress Mahogany with these decorative veneers, such as Rosewood, Kingwood, Burr Walnut and Coromandel, so that the actual Mahogany was almost hidden from view.

Mahogany itself is a rich reddish brown wood that can range from being plain in appearance to something that is so vibrant, figured and almost three dimensional in effect. 

Although Mahogany was most often used in its solid form, it also provided some beautifully figured varieties of veneer like ‘Flame’ Mahogany and ‘Fiddleback’ Mahogany (named after its preferred use in the manufacture of fine musical instruments).

Cuban Mahogany was so sought after, that by the late 1850′s, this particular variety became all but extinct.

 

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.

 

After around 1830 because legislation had outlawed the use of mercury other techniques were used instead. Electroplating is the most common modern technique. Ormolu techniques are essentially the same as those used on silver, to produce silver-gilt..

Dimensions in cm:

Height 197 x Width 168 x Depth 43

Dimensions in inches:

Height 6 feet, 6 inches x Width 5 feet, 6 inches x Depth 1 foot, 5 inches

Shipping:

We ship worldwide and deliver to Mainland UK addresses free of charge.

A shipping cost to all other destinations must be requested prior to purchase.

To request a shipping quote for the items in your cart, please click HERE.

Delivery and return policy:

We require that someone be home on the agreed delivery day if applicable, otherwise a redelivery fee will apply.

In accordance with Distance Selling Regulations, we offer a 14-day money back guarantee if you are not satisfied with the item.

The item must be returned in its original packaging and condition.

Unless the item is not as described in a material way, the buyer is responsible for return shipping expenses.

Buyers are fully responsible for any customs duties or local taxes that may be incurred on items sent outside of the European Union.

Follow Us