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Antique Spanish Walnut Marquetry Bureau C.1780

Antique Spanish Walnut Marquetry Bureau C.1780

Antique Spanish Walnut Marquetry Bureau C.1780

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About this item

This is an exquisite antique Spanish bureau, circa 1780.

The bureau is beautifully crafted from solid walnut and has beautiful marquetry decoration, of birds and flowers.  The writing fall drops down to reveal an elegant interior with six small drawers and a cupboard.

Below there are two half width drawers and three full width. The bureau has original brass locks and handles.

There is no mistaking the sophisticated quality and design of this bureau and it is sure to receive the maximum amount of attention wherever it is placed in your home.

Condition

You are viewing this item in original condition as we have not yet had time to restore it. Any restoration that is required will be done before delivery and is included in the price.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 117 x Width 116 x Depth 59

Dimensions in inches:

Height 3 feet, 10 inches x Width 3 feet, 10 inches x Depth 1 foot, 11 inches

Walnut
The Walnut woods are probably the most recognisable and popular of all the exotic woods, having been used in furniture making for many centuries. Walnut veneer was highly priced and the cost would reflect the 'fanciness' of the veneer - the more decorative, then the more expensive and desirable.

Figured Walnut and Burr Walnut (often referred to as Burl Walnut) were considered as the most attractive varieties of Walnut. Burr Walnut veneer was taken from the specific part of the tree where 'growths' sprouting smaller branches and/ or roots would occur. As these 'growth' areas were limited in both occurrence and size, larger veneers were hard to source and often on bigger furniture (tables, desks, bureaus, cabinets etc), these veneers would have to be carefully joined by matching up the pieces or blending them together.

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 tortoiseshell and brass with pewter in arabesque or intricately foliate designs.

Dimensions

W116.0 x H117.0 x D59.0 cm

Condition

Used

Date of manufacture

1700s

Period

Unknown

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VAT status

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SKU

35475119
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