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A pair of Louis XIV style gilt-bronze mounted calamander and hardwood breakfront side cabinets, English, last quarter 19th century

UK: Greenford Park Warehouse

Estimate:

40,000

to
- 50,000 GBP

A pair of Louis XIV style gilt-bronze mounted calamander and hardwood breakfront side cabinets, English, last quarter 19th century

A pair of Louis XIV style gilt-bronze mounted calamander and hardwood breakfront side cabinets, English, last quarter 19th century

Estimate:

40,000

to
- 50,000 GBP

A pair of Louis XIV style gilt-bronze mounted calamander and hardwood breakfront side cabinets, English, last quarter 19th century


the Algerian brèche sanguine marble tops above a cupboard door incorporating Japanese lacquer panels, Edo period 17th century, opening to reveal a single adjustable shelf, on later spiral fluted tapering feet

92.5cm. high, 124.5cm. wide, 41.5cm. deep; 3ft.½in., 4ft. 1in., 1ft. 4½in.

An extremely smart pair of cabinets – of superior quality – and generally in reasonably good restored condition but would benefit from further attention. Marble tops in good order with typical and very minor knicks and chips to edges consistent with age and use and filer at some of these sites. One cabinet with loss to moulding of left return proper of breakfront above cupboard door; the other with loss to moulding of right return proper of breakfront above cupboard door. The back board and later ply top to have been applied with a later black wash. The gilt-brass mounts are particularly fine and would benefit from gentle clean to remove ingrained dust/dirt. Some lifting and minor losses to brass stringing/inlay and small chips and losses to veneers generally localised to corners and peripheral edges. Harwood panels faded slightly from exposure to sun and would benefit from wax according to taste. Lacquer panels generally in good condition with minor losses to raised relief, hairline splits and some re-touching around edges from having been cut down for the cabinet doors. Feet probably later as stated. Otherwise, with typical minor old chips and scratches consistent with age and use.


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These opulent English cabinets, conceived in the Louis XIV style, employ an array of exotic materials which when coupled with the finely chased gilt-bronze mounts point to a commission of some importance. The vivid brèche sanguine marble tops were mined in Algeria - a source of exceptional marbles championed by British diplomat and naturalist Sir Lambert Playfair (1828 –1899) following a visit in 1880 – and the highly prized Japanese lacquer panels would have originally formed part of an Edo period chest. Tantalizingly, these cabinets do not bear a maker's stamp although it is worth comparing them to a similarly conceived Louis XIV style cabinet with Butchoff Antiques which is stamped Gillows 1866 and relates to the firm's designs for 1874.