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Antique Dutch Flame Mahogany & Floral Marquetry Wall Mirror 19th Century

Antique Dutch Flame Mahogany & Floral Marquetry Wall Mirror 19th Century

Antique Dutch Flame Mahogany & Floral Marquetry Wall Mirror 19th Century

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This is a very beautiful antique Dutch flame mahogany and marquetry arched top wall mirror, circa 1830 in date.

The mahogany frame is beautifully inlaid with a continuous marquetry border of trailing flowers and foliage bordered with lines and inset with the original plain mirror plate.

 

The quality and craftsmanship of this stunning piece are superb.

It is certain to make a charming addition to that one special room in your home.

Condition:

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

Dimensions in cm:

Height 75 x Width 51 x Depth 2.5

Dimensions in inches:

Height 2 feet, 5 inches x Width 1 foot, 8 inches x Depth 1 inch

Flame Mahogany
Thomas Sheraton - 18th century furniture designer, once characterized mahogany as "best suited to furniture where strength is demanded as well as a wood that works up easily, has a beautiful figure and polishes so well that it is an ornament to any room in which it may be placed." Matching his words to his work, Sheraton designed much mahogany furniture. The qualities that impressed Sheraton are particularly evident in a distinctive pattern of wood called "flame mahogany."

The flame figure in the wood is revealed by slicing through the face of the branch at the point where it joins another element of the tree.

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

W51.0 x H75.0 x D2.5 cm

Date of manufacture

1800s

Period

Unknown

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VAT status

Seller is VAT registered

SKU

93677258
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