Circa 1880, stylish French kingwood Vernis Martin cabinet. The cabinet has an arched top with a wonderful open ormolu foliate casting in the centre. The fore edge of the cornice and its apron are also ormolu mounted, as is the fore edge at the top, the beading of the door, the bezel of the glass and the panels on the bottom. The cabinet is serpentine fronted with two doors, opening to reveal the interior with serpentine shelves which are covered in velour. The lock in the centre throws a bolt to the top and bottom. There are four painted panels at the base, depicting ladies in period dress, and all standing on cabriole feet again with ormolu mounts and sabots. The whole piece has excellent colour and patination.
- 179cm high x 91cm wide x 43cm deep.