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Antique English William IV Flame Mahogany Library Breakfront Bookcase 19th C

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This is a beautiful antique William IV four door inverted breakfront library bookcase, masterfully crafted in rich solid flame mahogany, Circa 1830 in date. This magnificent bookcase features a moulded cornice above four square astragal glazed doors in the upper section revealing the twelve original solid mahogany shelves that can all be adjusted according to the height of your books. The lower section has four panelled doors opening to reveal spacious cupboards with central shelves on a plinth base. The shelves and the bookcase back are all made from solid mahogany. There is no mistaking its superb quality and very grand design, which is certain to make it a talking point in your home and stand proud in whichever room you choose to display it. Complete with working locks and keys. THE BOTANICAL NAME FOR THE MAHOGANY THIS ITEM IS MADE OF IS SWIETENIA MACROPHYLLA AND THIS TYPE OF MAHOGANY IS NOT SUBJECT TO CITES REGULATION. Condition: In really excellent condition having been beautifully cleaned polished and waxed in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation. Dimensions in cm: Height 246 cm x Width 323 cm x Depth 60 cm Dimensions in inches: Height 8 feet, 1 inch x Width 10 foot, 7 inches x Depth 2 feet Flame Mahogany Thomas Sheraton - 18th century furniture designer, once characterized mahogany as "best suited to furniture where strength is demanded as well as a wood that works up easily, has a beautiful figure and polishes so well that it is an ornament to any room in which it may be placed." Matching his words to his work, Sheraton designed much mahogany furniture. The qualities that impressed Sheraton are particularly evident in a distinctive pattern of wood called "flame mahogany." The flame figure in the wood is revealed by slicing through the face of the branch at the point where it joins another element of the tree. William IV - the brief reign of William IV (1830 – 1837) marked a period of transition between the Regency period (which had been an age of innovation based on revivalist styles such as ancient Egypt, and the Grecian designs) and the Victorian era. William IV furniture is similar in style to Regency furniture with many of the designs from the Regency period being copied but often executed in a much heavier manner with chairs, tables and other items being coarser and clumsier in appearance when compared with those made during the Regency period. Popular pieces produced during this period include tilt top dining tables and pillared extendable tables. Sofa tables and drum tables were also favoured at the time as were sideboards and card tables. Heavy brass fittings were a prominent feature such as lion’s paw feet on tables. Chairs frequently sported sabre legs to the back with stumpy bulbous turned legs to the front. The rope twist carved back was also much in favour. This period also saw the introduction of the more exotic timbers such as zebra wood. With the Industrial Revolution getting under way furniture making saw the increased use of mechanisation a trend set to accelerate during the Victorian period. This short, but important transitional period eventually gave way to the romanticism of the Victorians but the furniture it produced was usually of good quality and it remains sought after and desirable today. Our reference: A3794
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 96.86 in (246 cm)Width: 127.17 in (323 cm)Depth: 23.63 in (60 cm)
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  • Date of Manufacture:
    Circa 1830
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  • Seller Location:
    London, GB
  • Reference Number:
    Seller: A37941stDibs: LU950639478822
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