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Antique French Kingwood & Marquetry Serpentine Credenza c.1870 19th C

Antique French Kingwood & Marquetry Serpentine Credenza c.1870 19th C | Ref. no. A1281 | Regent Antiques
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  • Antique French Kingwood & Marquetry Serpentine Credenza c.1870 19th C | Ref. no. A1281 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Kingwood & Marquetry Serpentine Credenza c.1870 19th C | Ref. no. A1281 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Kingwood & Marquetry Serpentine Credenza c.1870 19th C | Ref. no. A1281 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Kingwood & Marquetry Serpentine Credenza c.1870 19th C | Ref. no. A1281 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Kingwood & Marquetry Serpentine Credenza c.1870 19th C | Ref. no. A1281 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Kingwood & Marquetry Serpentine Credenza c.1870 19th C | Ref. no. A1281 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Kingwood & Marquetry Serpentine Credenza c.1870 19th C | Ref. no. A1281 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Kingwood & Marquetry Serpentine Credenza c.1870 19th C | Ref. no. A1281 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Kingwood & Marquetry Serpentine Credenza c.1870 19th C | Ref. no. A1281 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Kingwood & Marquetry Serpentine Credenza c.1870 19th C | Ref. no. A1281 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Kingwood & Marquetry Serpentine Credenza c.1870 19th C | Ref. no. A1281 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Kingwood & Marquetry Serpentine Credenza c.1870 19th C | Ref. no. A1281 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Kingwood & Marquetry Serpentine Credenza c.1870 19th C | Ref. no. A1281 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Kingwood & Marquetry Serpentine Credenza c.1870 19th C | Ref. no. A1281 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Kingwood & Marquetry Serpentine Credenza c.1870 19th C | Ref. no. A1281 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Kingwood & Marquetry Serpentine Credenza c.1870 19th C | Ref. no. A1281 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Kingwood & Marquetry Serpentine Credenza c.1870 19th C | Ref. no. A1281 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Kingwood & Marquetry Serpentine Credenza c.1870 19th C | Ref. no. A1281 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Kingwood & Marquetry Serpentine Credenza c.1870 19th C | Ref. no. A1281 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Kingwood & Marquetry Serpentine Credenza c.1870 19th C | Ref. no. A1281 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Kingwood & Marquetry Serpentine Credenza c.1870 19th C | Ref. no. A1281 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Kingwood & Marquetry Serpentine Credenza c.1870 19th C | Ref. no. A1281 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Kingwood & Marquetry Serpentine Credenza c.1870 19th C | Ref. no. A1281 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Kingwood & Marquetry Serpentine Credenza c.1870 19th C | Ref. no. A1281 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Kingwood & Marquetry Serpentine Credenza c.1870 19th C | Ref. no. A1281 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Kingwood & Marquetry Serpentine Credenza c.1870 19th C | Ref. no. A1281 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Kingwood & Marquetry Serpentine Credenza c.1870 19th C | Ref. no. A1281 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Kingwood & Marquetry Serpentine Credenza c.1870 19th C | Ref. no. A1281 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Kingwood & Marquetry Serpentine Credenza c.1870 19th C | Ref. no. A1281 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Kingwood & Marquetry Serpentine Credenza c.1870 19th C | Ref. no. A1281 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Kingwood & Marquetry Serpentine Credenza c.1870 19th C | Ref. no. A1281 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Kingwood & Marquetry Serpentine Credenza c.1870 19th C | Ref. no. A1281 | Regent Antiques
Ref: A1281
Price: £12,250.00
This is a superb antique French  kingwood and marquetry inlaid serpentine credenza, circa 1870 in date. Oozing...

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This is a superb antique French  kingwood and marquetry inlaid serpentine credenza, circa 1870 in date.

Oozing sophistication and charm, this credenza is the absolute epitome of French high society.

The entire piece highlights the unique and truly exceptional pattern of the book matched kingwood veneers, and it has been enriched by the stunning ormolu mounts and the beautiful parquetry and marquetry decoration.

This credenza is serpentine fronted and serpentine ended with elegant curved glazed doors on either end enclosing shelves. The stunning crossbanded and 
inlaid kingwood  top sits above central panel door that is smothered in parquetry and inset with a Sevres porcelain plaque decorated with floral sprays.


The central door opens to reveal an interior lined with stunning light blue silk, a shelf and plenty of storage space for drinks, glasses, crockery, etc. and it is flanked by half columns decorated with elegant ormolu mounts and parquetry decoration.

Its attention to detail and lavish decoration are certain to draw the eye wherever you choose to place it in your home.

This is the Rolls Royce of credenzas, being the best quality, the rarest and the most desirable in size and in it's double serpentine shape.


Provenance: Property from a Private Collection

 

Condition:

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


Dimensions in cm:

Height 111 x Width 187 x Depth 54

Dimensions in inches:

Height 3 feet, 8 inches x Width 6 feet, 2 inches x Depth 1 foot, 9 inches

Our reference: A1281

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

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.
  

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).

Parquetry - is a geometric mosaic of wood pieces used for decorative effect. The two main uses of parquetry are as veneer patterns on furniture and block patterns for flooring. Parquetry patterns are entirely geometrical and angular—squares, triangles, lozenges.

The word derives from the Old French parchet , literally meaning "a small enclosed space". Large diagonal squares known as parquet de Versailles were introduced in 1684 as parquet de menuiserie to replace the marble flooring that required constant washing, which tended to rot the joists beneath the floors.

Such parquets en lozange were noted by the Swedish architect Daniel Cronström at Versailles and at the Grand Trianon in 1693. Timber contrasting in color and grain, such as oak, walnut, cherry, lime, pine, maple etc. are sometimes employed; and in the more expensive kinds the richly coloured mahogany and sometimes other tropical hardwoods are also used. 

Dimensions in cm:

Height 111 x Width 187 x Depth 54

Dimensions in inches:

Height 3 feet, 8 inches x Width 6 feet, 2 inches x Depth 1 foot, 9 inches

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