Rare pair of large mahogany and mahogany veneer display cases.
The bases consist of a rectangular plinth decorated with brass rods and resting on square feet.
The uprights with smooth sides feature fluted brass threads on the front faces.
Each door consists of three large panes of glass surrounded by solid brass rods.
Oval cornice decorated with brass threads.
Closing by cremone lock.
Original blown glasses.
Backs in mahogany-stained oak, shelves in fruitwood and mahogany on the front parts.
Parisian work from the Directoire period around 1795.
Height: 230 cm; Width: 156.5 cm; Depth: 42 cm (cornice) 37 cm (interior)
Our opinion :
Our pair of large display cases was designed in Paris at the very end of the 18th century.
The plinth, with its square feet, is characteristic of the Directoire period (1795-1799), as is the sublime mahogany of Santo Domingo in the chocolate hue, inherited from the Louis XVI style which will remain up to date until the Consulate before d 'to be gradually replaced by a mahogany from Cuba, more red and often very flamed, which will become fashionable under the empire.
It is important to specify that our two pieces of furniture are display cases and not bookshelves, which is much rarer.
In order to be able to offer the largest possible exhibition area, the cabinetmaker has chosen to lighten the mahogany joinery of the doors as much as possible and to leave much of the room for glasses.
He therefore chose a locking system with a cremone bolt, with a lock barely three centimeters wide, which allows the removal of the central frame; finally he opted for particularly large squares (57 cm by 57 cm); with solid brass rods which act as stiffeners and bring additional richness to our furniture devoid of any frills.
This is a winning bet because more than two centuries later, our two display cases are still in perfect condition and will allow a discerning connoisseur to contemplate his precious collection with a vision slightly distorted by the unique charm of the original blown glass.
Price : on request
Price : on request