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Pair of Late Victorian Side Cabinets, circa 1880

$23,115.34per set


Made from various wood veneers on a mahogany carcass such as bird’s-eye maple, rosewood, fruit woods, etc. Top: Burr walnut with Amboyna border and ebony stringing. Door: Quarter cut burr walnut veneer with purple heart and Amboyna on a mahogany foundation gilded ormolu mounts and beading. Three internal shelves of cream felt (very clean, not thought to be original) standing on bun feet. Purple heart is one of the most interesting of woods, it is extremely dense and water-resistant. It is ranked as one of the hardest of woods in the world. As well as the beautiful color achieved by low UV light (the lesser the UV rays, the more purple the color) as you can see, this cabinet has been extremely well looked after, as the purple color is quite vibrant. Purple heart comes from the rainforests of Brazil, Guyana, and Suriname. With all these exotic woods, its provenance is Westport House, County Sligo, Ireland, as it would have been very expensive at the time that only the wealthy could afford. Very good condition and wonderfully ornate. Sold as a pair.


  • Dimensions
    Height: 43.31 in. (110 cm)Width: 35.44 in. (90 cm)Depth: 15.36 in. (39 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Victorian (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1880
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Stamford, GB
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU3794319169442

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    Ships From: london, United Kingdom
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