Louis Xvi Style Walnut Marquetry Commode Ormolu Mounts

Louis Xvi Style Walnut Marquetry Commode Ormolu Mounts

Louis Xvi Style Walnut Marquetry Commode Ormolu Mounts

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About this item

This is a gorgeous Louis XVI style burr walnut commode with inlaid decoration and ormolu mounts, dating from the last quarter of the 20th century.

There is no mistaking its unique quality and design and it will soon become the centrepiece of your furniture collection.

This beautiful commode will instantly enhance the style of one special room in your home. It is sure to receive the maximum amount of attention wherever it is placed.

It has three large drawers for ample storage. This chest was inspired by the Louis XVI style and is beautiful rosewood and burr walnut with satinwood inlay. The use of different veneers creates a striking contrast between grains
A lot of intricate detailing has gone into the creation of this beautiful commode.


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

Dimensions in cm:

Height 89 x Width 124 x Depth 51

Dimensions in inches:

Height 2 feet, 11 inches x Width 4 feet, 1 inch x Depth 1 foot, 8 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).


W124.0 x H89.0 x D51.0 cm



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