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Stunning Pair Burr Walnut Kingwood Bedside Chest Cabinets

Stunning Pair Burr Walnut Kingwood Bedside Chest Cabinets

Stunning Pair Burr Walnut Kingwood Bedside Chest Cabinets

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This is a stylish pair of bedside chests, each with three drawers, made in rich burr walnut with kingwood crossbanding and lavish ormolu mounts.

Each chest has three useful drawers, all with elegant ormolu ring handles. They are beautifully designed and stand on elegant cabriole legs which have ormolu mounts top and bottom.

This pair of half moon chests display unique craftsmanship, and elegance in abundance.

Condition:

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

Dimensions in cm:

Height 78 x Width 66 x Depth 34

Dimensions in inches:

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

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

W66.0 x H78.0 x D34.0 cm

Wear condition

Excellent

Date of manufacture

Unknown

Period

Unknown

Style

Antique

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VAT status

Seller is VAT registered

SKU

27031513
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