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Antique French Kingwood Marquetry Bureau de Dame 19th C

Antique French Kingwood Marquetry Bureau de Dame  19th C | Ref. no. R0049 | Regent Antiques Sold
Ref: R0049
Price: £ 0.00
This is an elegant antique French Louis Revival ormolu mounted bureau de dame with a beautiful fitted interior, dating from C1860.

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This is an elegant antique French Louis Revival ormolu mounted bureau de dame with a beautiful fitted interior, dating from C1860.

This magnificent piece is of the finest kingwood and walnut, it features profuse marquetry decoration and stunning ormolu mounts.

The  fall front opens to reveal three small drawers, a hidden well inside for ample storage space and a gold tooled  green leather inset writing surface.

Add a touch of unparalleled style to your home.

Condition:

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



Dimensions in cm:

Height 88 x Width 76 x Depth 49

Dimensions in inches:

Height 2 feet, 11 inches x Width 2 feet, 6 inches x Depth 1 foot, 7 inches

Our reference: R0049

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.
 

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 88 x Width 76 x Depth 49

Dimensions in inches:

Height 2 feet, 11 inches x Width 2 feet, 6 inches x Depth 1 foot, 7 inches

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