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Antique Empire Mahogany Bookcase Cabinet c.1840

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Seller: regentantiquesuk (2,509) 100%, Location: London N4 1BX, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 281968511310 OUR LONDON SHOWROOMS OPEN MON to FRI 10am - 5pm And Alternate Saturdays www.regentantiques.com info@regentantiques.com Regent Antiques has been trading in London for three decades. We specialise in English and Continental antique furniture, silver and porcelain. Our main markets are Europe and North America and we export worldwide. Antique Empire Mahogany Bookcase Cabinet c.1840 This is a beautiful antique English Flame mahogany bookcase in Empire style with fabulous ormolu mounts, circa 1840. It bears the ivorine makers label and various stamps of the renowned London retailer and cabinet maker Bertram & Sons, Dean Street, Oxford Street, and a label for the Savoy Group. It has been crafted from fabulous flame mahogany and is smothered in fabulous high quality ormolu mounts reminiscent of the Empire style with Egyptian motifs such as sphinxes, griffins, urns, laurels and Napoleonic symbols. The top has four doors, the central pair are glazed and the outer pair have beautiful flame mahogany panels with decorative ormolu mounts. The doors open to reveal adjustable shelves. The bottom has four panelled doors which open to reveal cupboards each fitted with a central shelf. With working locks and keys. Add a touch of style to your home with this lovely piece. Condition: In excellent condition having been beautifully restored in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation. Dimensions in cm: Height 222 x Width 168 x Depth 47Dimensions in inches: Height 87.4 x Width 66.1 x Depth 18.5 Bertram & Son The firm of William Bertram & Son were established in 1830 and trading on Dean Street from 1839. See C. Gilbert, ed.,Pictorial Dictionary of Marked London Furniture 1700-1840, Leeds, 1996, p.18. Generally thought of as both retailers and cabinet makers, they specialised in brass-inlaid and marquetry furniture and retailed French 18th century style furniture by makers such as Mellier. Empire style, is an early-19th-century design movement in architecture, furniture, other decorative arts, and the visual arts followed in Europe and America until around 1830. The style originated in and takes its name from the rule of Napoleon I in the First French Empire, where it was intended to idealize Napoleon's leadership and the French state. The style corresponds to the Biedermeier style in the German-speaking lands, Federal style in the United States and to the Regency style in Britain. The previous style was called Louis XVI style, in France. The Empire style was based on aspects of the Roman Empire. It is the second phase of neoclassicism which is also called "Directoire", after a goverment system. Furniture typically had symbols and ornaments borrowed from the glorious ancient Greek and Roman empires. The furniture was made from heavy woods such as mahogany and ebony, imported from the colonies, with dark finishes often with decorative bronze mounts. Marble tops were popular as were Egyptian motifs like sphinxes, griffins, urns and eagles and the Napoleonic symbols, the eagle, the bee, the initials "I" and a large "N." Gilded bronze (ormolu) details displayed a high level of craftsmanship. 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. 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). Our reference: 07068 Image gallery Take a tour of our London showrooms Write to us: Regent Antiques Manor Warehouse 318 Green Lanes London N4 1BX info@regentantiques.com By Underground: Take Piccadilly line to Manor House station. Go to top of escalators and turn left. Take exit 7 and walk straight on for 10 metres. Manor Warehouse is on the right. Call us on: +44 20 8809 9605 +44 20 8802 3900 By road: There is car parking available on site. Payment Pay with your credit card through PayPal. Please make all cheques payable to "Regent Antiques." Bank details: Regent Antiques - BBVA - Account: 05701615 - Sort: 23-59-11 Shipping and returns We ship worldwide. Postage and packing for: Mainland UK: £75.00 European Union: Postage and packing charges upon request North America: Postage and packing charges upon request (Please note that this is in Pounds Sterling, not US Dollars) Rest of world: Postage and packing charges upon request If you require shipping to a location for which a shipping charge is not provided, please ask for a quote prior to bidding. Williams and Hill Forwarding is our preferred shipping agent for our valuable and fragile furniture items delivered within the UK. After you purchase, we will make all the arrangements to get your item to your door. Stephen Morris Shipping is our preferred specialist for delivery outside of the UK. Increased shipping costs incurred when purchasing additional items are generally quite low. For the best value, we recommend offsetting this cost by purchasing multiple items. We require that someone be home on the agreed delivery day if applicable, otherwise a redelivery fee will apply. In accordance with Distance Selling Regulations, we offer a 14-day money back guarantee if you are not satisfied with the item. The item must be returned in its original packaging and condition. Unless the item is not as described in a material way, the buyer is responsible for return shipping expenses. Buyers are fully responsible for any customs duties or local taxes that may be incurred on items sent outside of the European Union.

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