Antique Dutch Walnut & Floral Marquetry Corner Cabinet C.1780

Antique Dutch Walnut & Floral Marquetry Corner Cabinet C.1780


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This is a superb antique Dutch walnut and marquetry bow fronted corner cabinet, circa 1780 in date.

The cabinet has fabulous marquetry decoration of flowering leafy stems, figures, flowering basket and bird all outlined with boxwood stringing and satinwood banding.

The upper section is enclosed by an arched glazed door and arched top with acanthus scroll cresting. The interior is polished and will display silver or porcelain beautifully. The base features a bow fronted pannelled door and stands on elegant bracket feet.

It is a very decorative piece of furniture which is certain to attract a lot of attention.


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

Dimensions in cm:

Height 198 x Width 82 x Depth 62

Dimensions in inches:

Height 6 feet, 6 inches x Width 2 feet, 8 inches x Depth 2 feet, 0 inches


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.


W82.0 x H198.0 x D62.0 cm



Date of manufacture



18th Century and Earlier




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