Antique Pair German Burr Walnut Bedside Chest C.1880

Antique Pair German Burr Walnut Bedside Chest C.1880

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This is a superb pair of antique South German serpentine fronted small chests of drawers, circa 1880 in date.

They were crafted from the most beautiful burr walnut with decorative ormolu handles and mounts and each has two useful drawers.

This delicious piece of craftsmanship could serve any purpose, from the focal point of an antiques collection to a remarkable addition to any room in your home.

Condition:

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

Dimensions in cm:

Height 77 x Width 65 x Depth 48

Dimensions in inches:

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

urr Walnut refers to the swirling figure present in nearly all walnut when cut and polished, and especially in the wood taken from the base of the tree where it joins the roots. However the true burr is a rare growth on the tree where hundreds of tiny branches have started to grow. Burr walnut produces some of the most complex and beautiful figuring you can find.

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 copper, brass, 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).

Dimensions

W65.0 x H77.0 x D48.0 cm

Condition

Used

Wear condition

Excellent

Date of manufacture

Unknown

Period

19th Century

Style

Antique

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VAT status

Seller is VAT registered

SKU

63679950
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