AMERICAN VICTORIAN LEAF CABINET

Circa 1875.  Superb and very rare, American Victorian leaf cabinet in mahogany. This beautiful cabinet is fresh from one of Brooklyn's finest brownstones. It is a wonderful example of hi-style American parlor furniture of the last quarter of the 19th century with design elements of Rococo, in the form of spectacular pierce carved sides and crest, the large side pieces featuring a stylized dragon swallowing it's tail, Renaissance Revival in detailed incised carving and columns and Aesthetic Movement with a Greek Key detail. The entire piece is done in highly figured solid mahogany and mahogany veneers. The primary function of this rare piece of furniture was to store up to ten table leaves. The form the cabinet takes is of a narrow but deep server or étagère with a glass-doored and glass sided display cabinet on the bottom that has one shelf (original wood or glass replacement, we have both) and one wood shelf between the carved sides. There is also room for display on both the server surface and the top. The cabinet has original, large set under casters for easy movement. The only restoration we have done is to remove the wood knobs that were not original and to replace the locks and brass keyholes. We have also cleaned and waxed. The only damage is some loss of veneer along the very bottom edge of the cabinet, which is easily fixed and which we will do if desired. The only other modifications that we can see is newer felt on the inside of the leaf cabinet to pad the leaves. Added old working locks. Very fine old finish.   72" tall x 34 1/2" wide x 29" deep.  Price $9,500.00

Item ID # 7539

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