A wonderful item to look at ! The most beautiful fine wood grain to be experienced and enjoyed in this wall hung set of Italian Olive Wood folding shelves. Silky smooth to touch, and is something which delights the eye. The patination is fantastic, with glorious colour variations to back it up. Also, the highly decorative mixed wood inlays expertly inlaid into the oval panel pictures just seem to add to the whole ambiance of this item. The oval panels are bordered by stringing Ebony and Boxwood inlay, are delightful too. The peasant Boy and Girl shown here are probably dancing a traditional Italian dance. Their mixed wood inlay costume is highlighted using a small amount of inked penwork. To cap it all ! there is the highly decorative wood structure, having finely fretted pierced work, with trailing pseudo floral patterns all over and some flower heads decorated with penwork. All you see is handwork. The very fine densely packed Olive wood growth rings are easy to spot, and they do together create the most beautifully variegated brown to golden brown coloured wood grain colours, all tightly packed together. Probably purchased originally by someone taking the Grand Tour of Europe in the 19th Century. How wonderful it must have been to take the Grand tour, visiting many different places on it, in Europe, and being wealthy enough to be able to purchase little keepsake treasures in every stop on the way. Taking them home as a memento of the trip to decorate the interior of your home. Today most of these Italian Tour Mementos are keenly sought after by `Grand Tour' collectors.
Sizes. height 50.2cms [ 19.75" ]. Each side piece, widest part, 18.4cms wide [ 7.19" ]. Bottom shelf 15 cms x 15.3 cms. Top shelf 11.6cms x 12.6cmms. Shelves unit folded flat for packing 2cms.
Weight. 1.98lbs [ 730gms ]
Condition. Excellent. Just minor imperfections, tiny dings to wood surfaces. Extreme RHS, Bottom tip RHS, difficult to spot. Several other tiny chips, tiny marks and a couple of small light scratches. All require a close inspection ta see. Acceptable minor wear and tare for its age. Hinges slightly loose. Could be adjusted if desired.