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Superb Quality Burr Walnut Antique Cabinet



A superb quality burr walnut cabinet of upright rectangular form with three small drawers disguised in a frieze above three glazed cupboards between pilasters, the upper section comprising four smaller cupboards applied with black cartouches showing the four seasons flanked by Caryatids, decorated throughout with further plaques of classical motifs including a Bacchanal, a musical trophy, floral baskets, goddesses and rosette bosses, the sides with latticework, all within black stringing. ‘Bois Durci’ was invented and patented in France and England in 1854 by Francois Charles Lepage, and it is made from finely ground wood 'flour' mixed with a binder, either egg or blood albumen or gelatine. The wood is probably either ebony or rose wood, giving a black or brown result. The mixture is dried and ground to a fine powder. The powder is placed in a steel mould and compressed in a powerful hydraulic press whilst being heated by steam. The final product has a highly polished finish imparted by the surface of the steel mould.


  • Creator
    Lamb of Manchester (Cabinetmaker)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 56 in. (142.24 cm)Width: 42.5 in. (107.95 cm)Depth: 20 in. (50.8 cm)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1870
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Lymington, GB
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU973021016262

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

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

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Located in Lymington, United Kingdom
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