19C British Art Nouveau Marquetry Inlaid Serving Tray...............................LOVELY and UNUSUAL item......from circa 1895. Probably British......dark…
19C British Burl Walnut Breakfront 3 Door Wardrobe …………….. ABSOLUTELY EXCEPTIONAL PIECE !!!
This is a late 19th Century……circa 1870…….burl walnut breakfront wardrobe.
It has 3 doors…..the 2 side doors open to reveal space for the hanging of clothes etc.
One side (right) has a secret drawer at the base.
The center breakfront door has a GORGEOUS full length beveled mirror and it opens to reveal a fabulous set of 3 drawers made of mahogany with recessed brass handles. Above the set of drawers are 3 removeable tray shelves with lips.
The interior of the piece is all made of the finest cuban flamed mahogany……but the exterior is completely veneered in a thick burl walnut veneer of the ABSOLUTE HIGHEST QUALITY !!!
The entire piece is topped by a curved pelmet with a central arch with a a geometric shaped decoration as its central motif.
It has all its original hardware……locks etc.
THIS piece is EXCEPTIONAL IN EVERY WAY……IT OOZES QUALITY, RARITY and EXCLUSIVITY !!
THIS TYPE OF PIECE WOULD ONLY HAVE GRACED ONE OF THE GREAT HOUSES …… just like Downton Abbey !!!
BURL WOOD: A burl (American English) or bur or burr (used in all non-US English speaking countries is a tree growth in which the grain has grown in a deformed manner. It is commonly found in the form of a rounded outgrowth on a tree trunk or branch that is filled with small knots from dormant buds.
A burl results from a tree undergoing some form of stress. It may be caused by an injury, virus or fungus. Most burls grow beneath the ground, attached to the roots as a type of malignancy that is generally not discovered until the tree dies or falls over. Such burls sometimes appear as groups of bulbous protrusions connected by a system of rope-like roots. Almost all burl wood is covered by bark, even if it is underground. Insect infestation and certain types of mold infestation are the most common causes of this condition.
In some tree species, burls can grow to great size. The largest, at 26 ft (7.9 m), occur in coast redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens) and can encircle the entire trunk; when moisture is present, these burls can grow new redwood trees. The world’s second-largest burls can be found in Port McNeill, British Columbia. One of the largest burls known was found around 1984 in the small town of Tamworth, New South Wales. It stands 6.4 ft (2.0 m) tall, with an odd shape resembling a trombone. In January 2009, this burl was controversially removed from its original location, and relocated to a public school in the central New South Wales city of Dubbo.
Burls yield a very peculiar and highly figured wood, prized for its beauty and rarity. It is sought after by furniture makers, artists, and wood sculptors. There are a number of well-known types of burls (each from a particular species); these are highly valued and sliced into veneers for furniture, inlay in doors, picture frames, household objects, automobile interior paneling and trim, and woodturning. The famous birdseye maple of the sugar maple (Acer saccharum) superficially resembles the wood of a burl but is something else entirely. Burl wood is very hard to work with hand tools or on a lathe because its grain is twisted and interlocked, causing it to chip and shatter unpredictably. This “wild grain” makes burl wood extremely dense and resistant to splitting, which made it valued for bowls, mallets, mauls and “beetles” or “beadles” for hammering chisels and driving wooden pegs.
Some burls are more highly prized than others, including ones from rural areas in central Massachusetts, northeast Connecticut, and as far south as Philadelphia. Some resemble an explosion in which the grain grows erratically, and it is these burls that the artist prizes over all other types. These spectacular patterns enhance the beauty of wood sculptures, furniture, and other artistic productions.
Burls are harvested with saws or axes for smaller specimens and timber felling chainsaws and tractors for massive ones.
19C British Burl Walnut Breakfront 3 Door Wardrobe.
Provenance: Bought from a reputable dealer in Ireland.
Dimensions: 88.5″ Tall, 81″ Wide, 20.5″ deep on the ends and 5″ deeper (25.5″) to the front of the breakfront.
Condition: Excellent original condition.