Directoire Dressing Table Mahogany Italy XVIII-XIX Century

Tuscany Late 18th - Early 19th Century

Code :  ANMOAL0161025

180.00
Directoire Dressing Table Mahogany Italy XVIII-XIX Century

Tuscany Late 18th - Early 19th Century

Code :  ANMOAL0161025

180.00

Directoire Dressing Table Mahogany Italy XVIII-XIX Century - Tuscany Late 18th - Early 19th Century

Features

Tuscany Late 18th - Early 19th Century

Style:  Directory (1790-1804)

Time:  XIX Century - from 1801 to 1900 , XVIII Century - from 1701 to 1800

Origin:  Toscana, Italia

Main essence:  Mahogany Walnuts Poplar

Material:  Brass , Mirror

Description

English style dressing table in mahogany, Tuscany late 18th - early 19th century. Top concealing tilting mirror accessible from the central compartment, the latter flanked by a pair of side compartments equipped with a shutter; 3 drawers in the band, truncated pyramidal legs ending with brass feet. Poplar and walnut interior.

Product Condition:
Product that due to age and wear requires restoration and resumption of polishing.

Dimensions (cm):
Height: 78
Width: 75,5
Depth: 53

Additional Information

Style: Directory (1790-1804)

In this short period of time we witness, in the furniture, an accentuation of the archaeological rigor and at the same time an accentuated linear severity is formulated which in fact preludes and anticipates forms and ornaments that will then be typical of the Empire style. The furniture of the Direttorio period abandons the delicate pastel colors that characterize the Louis XVI production in favor of the dark magnificence of mahogany, which in its vast range of essences will be by far the most appreciated wood in this period. Added to this is a general abandonment of floral inlay trends to which simple ebony or amaranth-stained wood threads are preferred, the introduction of slight linear brass profiles is very popular. The novelties are grafted onto a trend that usually finds types already widespread in the neoclassical era, and in some cases there is no lack of significant innovations: the chairs, often painted in light colors and archaeological motifs, are distinguished by the typical upholstered or openwork-finished backrest which is rolled "en crosse" and "S". The rear legs are all the rage when curved like a saber and the wraparound backrest type, known as a gondola, is widespread. For studies and libraries, models of chairs characterized by a high concave backrest, called "en hémicycle", with a normally solid structure and with a seat covered in leather, are widespread. The use of the secrétaires is widespread and completely new is the type of the toilet, now similar to a console on which rests a tilting mirror within hinged plates. Certainly the most imaginative novelty of this period is the graceful psyche, consisting of a large oval-shaped or rectangular mirror, mounted within high wooden supports and generally supported by saber-shaped legs. This is the era where the oval or round dining table is very popular, while the desk continues to maintain the shape of the à bureau plats models already known in the previous era. In this period there are no particular technical-constructive innovations, the technologies remain those already in use since the beginning of the mid-eighteenth century.
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Time:

XIX Century - from 1801 to 1900

XVIII Century - from 1701 to 1800

Main essence:

Mahogany

It is one of the most precious and sought-after woods in cabinet making. It was discovered in Central America around 1600 and began to be imported to England in the 1700s. Much appreciated for its hardness and indestructibility, it became widespread following the blocking of walnut exports from France in 1720 and the consequent elimination of English import duties on mahogany from the colonies in America and India. The most valuable version comes from Cuba, but it became very expensive. At the end of the 18th century it began to be used also in France in Louis XVI, Directory and Empire furniture, its diffusion declined starting from when Napoleon, in 1810, forbade its import. It was generally used in the manufacture of elegant furniture, due to its characteristics and beautiful grain.

Walnuts

Walnut wood comes from the plant whose botanical name is juglans regia , probably originally from the East but very common in Europe. Light or dark brown in color, it is a hard wood with a beautiful grain, widely used in antique furniture. It was the main essence in Italy throughout the Renaissance and later had a good diffusion in Europe, especially in England, until the advent of mahogany. It was used for solid wood furniture and sometimes carvings and inlays, its only big limitation is that it suffers a lot from woodworm. In France it was widely used more than anything else in the provinces. In the second half of the eighteenth century its use decreased significantly because mahogany and other exotic woods were preferred.

Poplar

Essence considered "poor", it is a white wood, with yellowish or greyish shades, light and tender, which is easily damaged. It is used for rustic furniture or in the construction of furniture. The most valuable use it has had in the history of furniture is in Germany, in the 19th century, for veneers and inlays in the Biedermeier period.

Material:

Brass

Mirror

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