Antique Victorian Marquetry Inlaid Credenza 19th C


  • £4,250.00
  • €4,966 Euro
  • $5,816 US Dollar

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Antique Victorian Marquetry Inlaid Credenza 19th C

This is a stunning antique Victorian burr walnut, marquetry inlaid and ormolu mounted credenza, circa 1880 in date.

The entire piece highlights the unique and truly exceptional pattern of the burr walnut extremely well and the walnut is complimented by the elegant inlaid decoration and the striking gilded ormolu mounts.

This credenza has elegant curved glass bow doors on either side and a pair of panelled doors in the centre which open to reveal a cream silk lined interior with a central shelf and plenty of storage space for drinks, glasses, crockery, etc.

Its attention to detail and lavish decoration are certain to draw the eye wherever you choose to place it in your home.

Complete with working locks and key.

In excellent condition having been beautifully restored and the interior relined in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.

Dimensions in cm:
Height 102 x Width 182 x Depth 42

Dimensions in inches:
Height 3 foot, 4 inches x Width 6 feet x Depth 1 foot, 4 inches

Burr Walnut refers to the swirling figure present in nearly all walnut when cut and polished, and especially in the wood taken from the base of the tree where it joins the roots. However the true burr is a rare growth on the tree where hundreds of tiny branches have started to grow. Burr walnut produce some of the most complex and beautiful figuring you can find.

A credenza is a piece of furniture that became very fashionable during the second half of the 19th century. Often made of a burnished and polished wood decorated with marquetry, a central cupboard would be flanked by symmetrical quadrant glass display cabinets. The top would often be made of marble, or another decorative stone, or of inlaid wood.

Ormolu - (from French 'or moulu', signifying ground or pounded gold) is an 18th-century English term for applying finely ground, high-carat gold in a mercury amalgam to an object of bronze.The mercury is driven off in a kiln leaving behind a gold-coloured veneer known as 'gilt bronze'.

The manufacture of true ormolu employs a process known as mercury-gilding or fire-gilding, in which a solution of nitrate of mercury is applied to a piece of copper, brass, or bronze, followed by the application of an amalgam of gold and mercury. The item was then exposed to extreme heat until the mercury burned off and the gold remained, adhered to the metal object.

After around 1830 because legislation had outlawed the use of mercury other techniques were used instead. Electroplating is the most common modern technique. Ormolu techniques are essentially the same as those used on silver, to produce silver-gilt..

Our reference: A1635


  • H: 102cm (40.16in)
  • W: 182cm (71.65in)
  • D: 42cm (16.54in)


circa 1880

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