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French Marble, Gilt Bronze and Amboyna Burl Side Cabinet



This wonderful side cabinet was created in France in the 19th century. The cabinet is crafted from amboyna burl wood, with inlaid ebony wood decoration and gilt bronze (ormolu) mounts. The cabinet is covered by veined white marble. This tops a frieze which contains a drawer. The frieze is decorated with a central gilt bronze plaque, depicting cherubs navigating with globes, telescopes, compasses and maps. The drawer, on either side of this plaque, is mounted with gilt bronze leafy vines which twist around a gilt bronze pinecone-tipped staff. Beneath the drawer, there is an open compartment with a mirrored back. This is fronted by a partial gilt bronze gallery which is pierced with a Greek fret pattern. The lower body of the cabinet contains three compartments, each fitted with a central shelf and closed behind a lockable door. The central door is decorated with a circular gilt bronze motif, depicting a butterfly atop a classical urn. This is framed by decorative inlaid ebony and gilt bronze borders. The side doors are designed to look like books, their spines decorated with dark geometric motifs created by inlaid ebony. A pair of engaged, fluted Ionic columns, with gilt bronze capitals and bases, flank the cabinet’s body. The cabinet stands on four gilt bronze-mounted peg feet.


  • Dimensions
    Height: 51.19 in. (130 cm)Width: 47.25 in. (120 cm)Depth: 16.15 in. (41 cm)
  • Style
    Neoclassical (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    19th Century
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Overall condition is very good. Some small marks and chips, consistent with age of item.
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 157351stDibs: LU956316087461

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    Estimated Customs Duties & Taxes to the Continental US: $0.
    Ships From: London, United Kingdom
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 14 days of delivery.

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