British Colonial Ebony Cabinet on StandMid 19th century
An exceptional British colonial bookcase in ebony with a deep moulded and carved cornice. Set back from the base, the cabinet has double doors each with four beveled glass panels flanked by solid and reeded pillars with carved capitals. Their frames are reeded and have carved squares at centre and in the corners. The doors open to reveal three shelves. The lower section, with an overhanging carved top has two drawers fitted with the original brass handles. All four legs are tapered and terminate in brass claw feet.
The cabinet is in good condition and has been lovingly restored and finished to its former glory using a traditional form of French polishing and waxing.
Ebony has long been prized for its dense hardness, which lends itself for beautiful carving and a smooth finish after being polished. It is considered the aristocrat of hardwoods and is native to southern India and Sri Lanka. Ebony has always been a luxury wood and was so popular in 17th century France, that “ebenistes” is still the French word for cabinet maker. Furniture pieces of lesser woods were often “ebonized” (painted black) to make them look as if made of ebony.
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British colonial India
H: 193 cm W: 132 cm D: 56 cm
H: 76” W: 52” D: 22”