A stately and beautiful miniature piece, it dates from the end of the nineteenth century, 1880-1890.
The solid mahogany bureau has an unusual design, with two fluted column corners and finely turned feet. Along the columns are four rows of bronze ormolu, which are made up of cascading flowers from a solid "stem". There are three drawers with fine bronze pulls and locks (two locks are working, the inside piece of the lock of the middle drawer did not survive with this piece). The drawers have finely cut dovetail corners. The side panels are inset into a 1/2" wide frame. The back legs are the same as the front (a sign of quality). The top piece has curved corners which serve as caps to the fluted columns. It measures: 11 3/4" tall, 12" wide (at the feet) and 6 3/4" deep (at the feet). The drawers measure 1 1/2" deep and 5 7/8" front to back.
It is in very solid and good condition. There is very little wear at all to the piece. There is a very slight indention along the top left edge, near the column cap, but otherwise no other sign of wear is noted. The finish is still lovely, with a deep color (no fading). It has it's original and very unusual bronze ormolu and drawer pulls. It has three original lock faces, with two working locks.
Beautiful miniature pieces such as this are hard to find in today's market. This one features exceptional workmanship and remains in exceptional condition.
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