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Antique Dutch Mahogany Floral Marquetry Side Table C1780

Antique Dutch Mahogany Floral Marquetry Side Table C1780

Antique Dutch Mahogany Floral Marquetry Side Table C1780

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This is a beautiful antique Dutch marquetry side table, Circa 1780 in date.

It is in fantastic condition and we have cleaned and French polished it to bring back it's original splendour.

It is hand crafted from Cuban mahogany with a  wonderful  oval marquetry panel in the top depicting a hunting scene with wild boar, a bear, rabbits and hunters etc,..  The table is further decorated with a profusion of floral marquetry with elegant boxwood stringing.

It stands on four elegant Queen Anne legs that terminate in pad feet and has a useful full width drawer.

With original working lock and key.

Condition:

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

Dimensions in cm:

Height 75 x Width 90 x Depth 53

Dimensions in inches:

Height 2 feet, 5 inches x Width 2 feet, 11 inches x Depth 1 foot, 9 inches

Cuban Mahogany
 Swietenia mahagoni, the "Wood of Kings".  Swietenia mahagoni is the wood that planked the ships of the Spanish Armada.  Thomas Sheraton, Thomas Chippendale, and Duncan Phyfe chose Cuban Mahogany for their furniture.  It has been among the most prized and valuable timbers since the late 16th century..  As its reputation grew, the supply of wood shrank.
As timber harvest methods became more sophisticated, the inaccessible trees became lumber.  By the mid 1700's it was becoming scarce.  By the mid 1800's good lumber was becoming rare.  By the late 1800's the species had been logged into genetic impoverishment and commercial extinction.

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

W90.0 x H75.0 x D53.0 cm

Condition

Used

Date of manufacture

Unknown

Period

Unknown

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VAT status

Seller is VAT registered

SKU

82368655
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