This is a lovely Mahogany Cabinet with a center mirror, and 2 side compartments with small multiple shelves. It has beaded molding. The lower section with 4 drawers is under a beveled marble self.
The Antique Hutch has plenty of storage and is a stunning piece that would look amazing in any space.
It has a pedimented cornice top which is elaborately carved with a bed of carved scrolling acanthus leaves.
American circa 1855
The cabinet's single mirrored door is lovely with painted in gold with birds drinking from a fountain, and trailing garlands of flowers on the sides. On either side of the mirrored door is a narrow veneered door, all three doors set within rippled mahogany molding. Below is a shelf of beveled white marble.
The lower case has a paneled-front secretaire drawer surrounded by rippled molding and fitted with turned knobs. The framing molding of ogee form with a ripple-molded border.
The Mirror with its beautiful elaborately gilded floral style accents and two symetrical bird motifs at the top produces a reflective surface on the mirror panel with the overlapping metal leaf designs that give rise to beautiful variations in this mirrored surface. It has a "verre eglomisé " style that adds a dramatic look to this cabinet.
The use of gold or silver leaf on glass goes back to early Roman times and was a popular technique used for Looking Glass Mirrors during eighteenth and nineteenth century. Verre Églomisé is the practice of reverse gilding and etched painting on glass incorporating gold and silver leaf. Each precious leaf is applied by hand and adhered to the back of glass with a gelatin and water solution. ‘Gilded glass’ and, as the name suggests, is the technique of applying gold or other metal leaf to the glass.
Ref.: Christie's, New York, 18 January 1997 $16,500.00
93" tall 43" wide 23" deep
Condition: Good for its age but some minor age blemishes with loss of veneer in a few places.