This handsome beauty dates from 1800-1810. It is made of oak, and intricately inlaid with mahogany, maple and rosewood. It features fine workmanship, executed by hand.
This cabinet was most likely a "metier", a master project for a young apprentice in a woodworking/cabinet shop, to show the competence of his newly acquired skills. It is simply gorgeous, with the rich patina of four different kinds of wood. It is heavy (it's body is made of oak), but delicately stands on four elegantly tapered feet. The body features a very thick door (1 1/2" thick at the center). The door has the lovely bombé shape, reflected in the door and top, which was so loved by the French nobility. There a central hand-carved rosette which is set into four rosewood veneer panels (the grain of the panels points towards the rosette). There are two inlaid maple (1/8") strips which frame the inlaid mahogany (1/4") frame. There are mahogany squares at each corner. There are fine metal hinges and a working lock (with it's key).
The side and top of the piece have the same design as the door, four rosewood veneer quadrants with grain facing inward (no rosettes on the sides), a double frame of maple and mahogany, and four mahogany squares. The top frame hangs over the body of the piece by 1/2" at each corner. The back is a solid piece of oak.
There is one shelf on the interior, covered top and bottom with a silk brocade floral fabric.
It is in solid and sound condition. There has been some slight professional restoration as is normal with a piece of this age, but nothing that compromises the integrity of the piece. There is a slight chip to the rosewood veneer on the right lower side. It measures: 11" tall (table to center of top) 6" wide (at feet) and 4 1/4" deep. The space under the shelf is 3 1/8" and above the shelf 2 3/4".
We rarely see fine miniature pieces such as this in today's market. The beautiful shape and patina and the expert workmanship are exceptional.
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