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Superb Quality French Napoleon III Boulle Marquetry Bibliotheque (bookcase)


£75,000 | $104,520 USD | €87,405 EUR
Item Number: SA363918
Date of manufacture: 1860
Current Status: For sale
Seller: LVS Decorative Arts
This antique has been viewed 63 times in the past month with the most views from the United States.


A mid 19th century superb quality French Napoleon III gilt bronze mounted boulle marquetry bibliotheque (bookcase) in excellent condition.
This piece consists of a wooden top with brass stringing and fine quality egg & dart ormolu moulding with a shaped frieze with engraved boulle work of tortoiseshell and brass with acanthus ormolu mounts to each corner.
The bookcase has two full length doors, each with two glazed panels surrounded by fine quality tortoiseshell & engraved brass boulle work, brass stringing and ebony banding with two ormolu escutcheons and key to the centre.
Each glazed panel is surrounded by a decorative ormolu moulding, the top glazed panels being of arched form with the bottom panels being rectangular.

To either side of the doors to the top are large fine quality ormolu mounts of cherubs surrounded with scrolling acanthus. the mounts being stamped on the reverse 'BT'.
These lead down to panels of inlaid tortoiseshell and engraved brass boulle work with decorative ormolu mouldings to each side and terminating down to large stylised acanthus ormolu mounts.
The side sections are ebonised and consist of brass inlay with ormolu paterae. At the top of each side panel is an ormolu cherub figure, one holding a telescope and a planet, symbolising Astronomy and the other holding a caduceus (a winged staff with two twisted snakes) and books, symbolising Medicine, as well as possibly Commerce and Learning. To the centre of the side panels is an ormolu mount of a mythological lion creature, possibly a manticore.
The base is of inverted break form with a highly decorative ormolu moulding. The base is ebonised and in each corner has brass inlay with a large square ormolu mount. The central section has a scrolling acanthus ormolu mount to either side with a central ormolu mask of fine quality.
This is a very rare item and of excellent quality condition and can be used as either a bookcase or display cabinet.
Height: 88'' / 223.5cm
Width: 57.75'' / 146.5cm
Depth: 19.25'' / 49cm
LVS Decorative Arts is a family run business specialising in an eclectic mix of fine quality and decorative antiques from around the world.
Being members of LAPADA, the largest association for professional art and antiques dealers in the UK, we are committed in upholding the highest of standards.
All furniture is professionally restored to the highest of standards, using traditional methods by cabinet makers and polishers with a wealth of experience keeping the item in as original condition as possible and conserving original patina (colour) and materials whenever possible - we feel that quality restoration is paramount to the longevity of the piece.
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Please bear in mind: antique items for sale may have some wear and marks commensurate with their age which adds to the character of the piece.
Thank you and we hope you find our stock interesting.
Internal Ref: LVS653


This item is antique. The date of manufacture has been declared as 1860.


Height = 223.5 cm (88.0")
Width = 146.5 cm (57.7")
Depth = 49 cm (19.3")

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