Early 20th Century Edwardian Inlaid Display Cabinet For Sale
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Early 20th Century Edwardian Inlaid Display Cabinet


This is a stunning English Edwardian serpentine mahogany display cabinet, circa 1900 in date with exquisite hand cut inlaid decoration. It has a glazed door above a pair of glazed doors, opening to a red damask lined interior with glass shelves. The inlaid marquetry decoration is of the highest quality and is the work of a master craftsman of his day. Add a touch of unparalleled style to your home. Condition: In excellent condition having been beautifully polished and the interior relined in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation. Dimensions in cm: Height 142 x width 72 x depth 34. Dimensions in inches: Height 4 feet, 8 inches x width 2 feet, 4 inches x depth 1 foot, 1 inch. Edwardian Period (1900 - 1910) The Edwardian era saw the beginning of a new century with a new king and a new style of interior design. The heavy, dark, cluttered look of the Victorian era was gone, and in its place, something much lighter and more cheerful. Some of the most famous designer for this era include: Thomas Sheraton -furniture. Louis Comfort Tiffany- lighting. René Lalique- glassware. Edwardian style. This early 20th century style had an eclectic feel to it, and drew from elements of Georgian, Medieval and Tudor style. Light, airy, and simplicity of detail were key principles of this era. Edwardian furniture: Bamboo and wicker was the material of preference in Edwardian times. This added to the already delicate and breezy nature of the style. Other furniture was reproductions, drawing influence from Baroque, Rococo and Empire style. The wing chair is a Classic shape, and upholstery favoured chintz and damask in pale colors. Edwardian color: Shifting away from the darkness of the Victorian interior, colours were fresh and light, with an informal feel. Patterns were feminine, with flowers and floral designs being highly favoured. Colours were predominantly pastels: blue, lilacs, greens, yellows and grays. The floral theme was complemented by the liberal use of fresh flower arrangements. Living rooms often took darker colours such as dark green for fabrics, complemented with cream walls. Mahogany is probably one of the largest ‘families’ of hardwood, having many different varieties within its own species. Mahogany has been used for centuries in ship building, house building, furniture making etc and is the core structure of just about every 19th century vanity box, dressing case or jewellery box. It became more of a Victorian trend to dress Mahogany with these decorative veneers, such as Rosewood, Kingwood, Burr Walnut and Coromandel, so that the actual Mahogany was almost hidden from view. Mahogany itself is a rich reddish brown wood that can range from being plain in appearance to something that is so vibrant, figured and almost three dimensional in effect. Although mahogany was most often used in its solid form, it also provided some beautifully figured varieties of veneer like ‘Flame’ mahogany and ‘Fiddleback’ mahogany (named after its preferred use in the manufacture of Fine musical instruments). Cuban mahogany was so sought after, that by the late 1850s, this particular variety became all but extinct.  


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    H 55.91 in. x W 28.35 in. x D 13.39 in.H 142 cm x W 72 cm x D 34 cm
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    London, GB
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