Antique Ormolu Mounted Marquetry Bijouterie Display Table 19th Century

Antique Ormolu Mounted Marquetry Bijouterie Display Table 19th Century

£2,050.00
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About this item

This is a beautiful antique French ormolu mounted Gonçalo Alves and marquetry  serpentine bijouterie table in the Louis XV manner,  circa 1880 in date.

The hinged top with a  bevelled glass pane, inlaid with a border of flowers and scrolling foliage. The glazed top is framed with roccoco style ormolu mounts, it has a decorative reeded ormolu band around the lid and the interior is lined in burgundy velvet.

It is raised on elegant tapering cabriole legs with  an open undertier, outlined with elegant boxwood stringing.

Bijouterie tables were designed to store and display a collection of small valuable items, they are also called table vitrines, and display tables.

Complete with working lock and key.

Condition:

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

Dimensions in cm:

Height 73 x Width 78 x Depth 48

Dimensions in inches:

Height 2 feet, 5 inches x Width 2 feet, 7 inches x Depth 1 foot, 7 inches

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).
 

Gonçalo Alves is a hardwood (from the Portuguese name, Gonçalo Alves). It is sometimes referred to as tigerwood — a name that underscore the wood's often dramatic, contrasting color scheme.

While the sapwood is very light in color, the heartwood is a sombre brown, with dark streaks that give it a unique look. The wood's color deepens with exposure and age and even the plainer-looking wood has a natural luster.

Two species are usually listed as sources for gonçalo alves: Astronium fraxinifolium and Astronium graveolens, although other species in the genus may yield similar wood; the amount of striping that is present may vary. 

In the high tropical forests of Central and South America, well-drained soils furnish nutrients for a variety of dense, durable hardwoods sought for maritime use, heavyconstruction, and furniture. The Spanish began harvesting in Latin American forests in the early 1500s to provide timber for boatbuilding and repair. By the early 1900s, however, steel ships had replaced wooden ones, and the interest in tropical forests by both Europeans and Americans shifted to appearance-grade woods for furniture.

Although history fails to provide us with a shopping list of species from either harvest period, it's probable that the wood we know today as goncalo alves has always been sought. That's because goncalo alves, considered one of the most beautiful of tropical woods, has a tough reputation, too. Strong and durable, it's used for construction in its homeland and secondarily for fine furniture. Woodworkers elsewhere treasure the wood for decorative items and veneer accents.
  

Dimensions

W78.0 x H73.0 x D48.0 cm

Condition

Used

Date of manufacture

1800s

Period

Unknown

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VAT status

Seller is VAT registered

SKU

21193922
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