British Colonial Ebony Glass Front CabinetMid 19th century
A magnificent British colonial glass front cabinet in ebony with a deep moulded and carved cornice. The cabinet has double doors each with five beveled glass panels and is flanked by solid and reeded pillars with carved capitals. The door frames are reeded and have carved rosettes at centre and in the corners. The doors open to reveal four shelves. The base has two drawers fitted with brass handles and rests on two brass claw feet at the front and to bun ebony feet at the back.
The cabinet is in good condition and have 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: 200 cm W: 142 cm D: 56 cm
H: 79” W: 56” D: 22