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An Exceptional Regency Period Rosewood & Goncalo-Alves Parcel Gilt Side Cabinet

  • An Exceptional Regency Period Rosewood & Goncalo-Alves Parcel Gilt Side Cabinet in the Manner of George Smith, English Circa 1825
    The overhanging sienna marble top surmounting a rosewood case fitted with two short drawers showing ebonized mouldings with brass trim & gilt bronze anthemia mounts, overtop a pair of richly figured goncalo-alves panelled cupboard doors accented with brass mouldings fronting a shelved interior. The case flanked on either side by a pair of robust gilded monopodia elements depicting lion heads terminating to paw feet atop a brass strung plinth base. Dimensions (including marble top), 36” high x 45” wide x 18” deep.
    Goncalo Alves is an exotic timber somewhat resembling rosewood and was used in select pieces of 19th century English furniture.

    The quality of timber, crisp casting & rich gilding of the bronze mounts, together with the exacting proportions and degree of craftsmanship exercised in the construction of this exceptionally fine example of English Regency furniture is exemplary.

    George Smith (1756-1826) was one of the most influential furniture designers of the English Regency Period (1811-1830) and wrote the definitive text on Regency interior design titled, ‘A Collection of Designs for Household Furniture and Interior Decoration’. Smith drew inspiration for many of his design elements from his earlier career as an Egyptologist, incorporating motifs of sphinx’s, griffons, lion’s heads & paws, anthemia, etc.

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