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Antique Edwardian Inlaid Rosewood Cabinet C.1890

Antique Edwardian Inlaid Rosewood Cabinet C.1890

Antique Edwardian Inlaid Rosewood Cabinet C.1890

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About this item

This is a stunning antique English Edwardian inlaid rosewood breakfront side cabinet with mirrored back and door panels, raised on slender turned supports, circa 1890 in date.

This cabinet is of the very highest quality, with exquisite hand cut inlaid marquetry inlay in satinwood, bone and mother of pearl.

The base has a central drawer above a pair of astragal glazed doors with a smaller niche on either side.  These decorative niches would be ideal to display your favourite ornaments.

The beautiful and decorative triple mirrored back has  shelves to display your ornaments  and is smothered in fabulous marquetry decoration.

It has its original brass handles and is complete with working locks and keys.

The quality and attention to detail throughout is second to none.

Add a touch of unparalleled style to your home.

Condition:

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

Dimensions in cm:

Height 213 x Width 141 x Depth 43

Dimensions in inches:

Height 7 feet x Width 4 feet, 7 inches x Depth 1 foot, 5 inches

osewood
is a rich warm reddish brown wood that has a distinct grain with dark brown and black outlining. One variety of Rosewood can vary significantly from another even though it is of the same species. These Rosewoods, native of India, South East Asia and Brazil, were dense and awkward to work with. It was renowned for quickly bluntening cutting tools and visibly darkening in colour when over prepared.

The Brazilian species of Rosewood was by far the most beautifully figured and therefore it became the most sought after and rare. This was the wood of choice for the great box makers, David and Thomas Edwards who used it to veneer some of their finest pieces.

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

W141.0 x H213.0 x D43.0 cm

Condition

Used

Date of manufacture

Unknown

Period

Unknown

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VAT status

Seller is VAT registered

SKU

41774130
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