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Antique Pair Edwardian Inlaid Mahogany Square Revolving Bookcase C1900

Antique Pair  Edwardian Inlaid Mahogany Square Revolving Bookcase  C1900 | Ref. no. A1212 | Regent Antiques Sold
Ref: A1212
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This is an exquisite pair of antique Edwardian marquetry inlaid flame mahogany revolving bookcases, circa 1900 in date. These...

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This is an exquisite pair of antique Edwardian marquetry inlaid flame mahogany revolving bookcases, circa 1900 in date.

These exquisite revolving bookcases are made of beautiful solid mahogany and the square tops have been masterfully inlaid with elaborate mythical dolphins and foliate scroll decoration within splendid ivorine and boxwood stringing. 
 
They each feature revolving compartments for books, with the shelves and supporting slats being held by elegant brass studs. The slats and the splendid plinth base have matching boxwood stringings. 
 
They revolve on solid cast iron cross-platform bases that are raised on ceramoc castors. The best quality Edwardian revolving bookcases had cast iron bases, as this meant that they would be sturdy and not tip when full of books, whereas the lesser versions had simple wooden bases.
 
The quality and attention to detail throughout are second to none.


Condition:

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



Dimensions in cm:

Height 87 x Width 50 x Depth 50

Dimensions in inches:

Height 2 feet, 10 inches x Width 1 foot, 8 inches x Depth 1 foot, 8 inches

Our reference: A1212

Edwardian Period (1900 - 1910)

The Edwardian era saw the beginning of a new century with a new king and a new style of interior design. The heavy, dark, cluttered look of the Victorian era was gone, and in its place, something much lighter and more cheerful.

Some of the most famous designer for this era include:

Thomas Sheraton -furniture

Louis Comfort Tiffany- lighting

René Lalique- glassware

Edwardian Style

This early 20th century style had an eclectic feel to it, and drew from elements of Georgian, Medieval and Tudor style. Light, airy, and simplicity of detail were key principles of this era.

Edwardian Furniture

Bamboo and wicker was the material of preference in Edwardian times. This added to the already delicate and breezy nature of the style. Other furniture was reproductions, drawing influence from baroque, rococo and empire style. The wing chair is a classic shape, and upholstery favoured chintz and damask in pale colours.

Edwardian Colour

Shifting away from the darkness of the Victorian interior, colours were fresh and light, with an informal feel. Patterns were feminine, with flowers and floral designs being highly favoured. Colours were predominantly pastels: blue, lilacs, greens, yellows and grays. The floral theme was complemented by the liberal use of fresh flower arrangements. Living rooms often took darker colours such as dark green for fabrics, complemented with cream walls.
 

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.

 

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.
  

Dimensions in cm:

Height 87 x Width 50 x Depth 50

Dimensions in inches:

Height 2 feet, 10 inches x Width 1 foot, 8 inches x Depth 1 foot, 8 inches

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