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Antique French Empire Commode Chest Marble Top c.1820

£2,950.00 Buy It Now 11h, £75.00 Shipping, 14-Day Returns

Seller: regentantiquesuk (2,507) 100%, Location: London N4 1BX, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 371353002290 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 French Empire Commode Chest Marble Top c.1820 This is stunning antique French Empire burr walnut chest with light green/grey fossil marble top, circa 1820. There is a plain full width drawer to the frieze with three full width graduated drawers with decorative brass handles below. The commode has the most wonderful ormolu decorations in the form of a floral wreath with an arrow. To add to the Empire look there are two ebonised ormolu mounted columns and it stands on square feet. This exquisite green marble top with fossils serves as the proverbial cherry to this masterpiece, accentuating the majestic aura surrounding this magnificent item. This delicious piece of craftsmanship could serve any purpose, from the focal point of an antiques collection to a remarkable addition to any room in your home. Condition: In excellent condition having been beautifully restored in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation. Dimensions in cm: Height 94 x Width 125 x Depth 65Dimensions in inches: Height 37.0 x Width 49.2 x Depth 25.6 Burr Walnut (often referred to as Burl Walnut) is considered as the most attractive variety of Walnut. Burr Walnut veneer was taken from the specific part of the tree where ‘growths’ sprouting smaller branches and/ or roots would occur. As these ‘growth’ areas were limited in both occurrence and size, larger veneers were hard to source and often on bigger furniture (tables, desks, bureaus, cabinets etc), these veneers would have to be carefully joined by matching up the pieces or blending them together. 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: 06446a 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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