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This month I have chosen to highlight some exceptional pieces which are beautifully decorated with marquetry.

The use of marquetry arguably reached its peak in the late Eighteenth Century with the availability of ever more unusual and decorative timbers and cabinet-makers such as Ince and Mayhew employing specialist 'marqueters' to 'paint in wood'.

The satinwood pembroke table displayed below is an exceptional example of the 'marqueter's' art. It retains a beautiful rich colour and patination and the satinwood has been carefully selected to display the wood's shimmering characteristics. The design of the top is extremely sophisticated with its central fan inlay and the anthemions inlaid to the corners are very unusual.

The pair of commodes are very imposing and a fine example of the Continental cabinet-maker's art. The extensive marquetry executed in the Neo-classical taste retains its original engraved detailing and the woods much of their original colour.

All the pieces illustrated below are on display at my Kensington Church Street showrooms or can be viewed on my website at www.reindeerantiques.co.uk

Peter Alexander

A Sheraton satinwood and marquetry pembroke table.

A Sheraton satinwood and marquetry pembroke table.

1780

Height: 28" (71cm)

Depth: 30" (76.25cm)

Width: 36.75" (93.5cm)

A superb George III Sheraton period satinwood veneered and marquetry inlaid pembroke table; the butterfly shaped top veneered in beautifully figured West Indian satinwood and inlaid to the centre with a patera set within an oval of tulipwood crossbanding, inlaid to the corners of the flaps with anthemions and crossbanded to the edge with tulipwood and strung in boxwood and ebony; above a frieze drawer crossbanded in tulipwood and with replaced axe head handles; raised on elegant square tapering legs which are inlaid with paterae and terminate in the original brass castors.

This pembroke table is of the finest design and quality. The West Indian satinwood for the veneers is highly figured and the quality of marquetry is only found on the most desirable pieces of Sheraton furniture. The design of the table is extremely sophisticated with the elegant butterfly shaped top and the slightly splayed angle of the tapering legs giving the table a wonderful sense of poise. The table retains an untouched colour and patination found on only the most desirable satinwood furniture.

Ref: BA58

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A Sheraton rosewood sofa table.

A Sheraton rosewood sofa table.

1795

Height: 28.5" (72.5cm)

Depth: 23.75" (60.5cm)

Width: 57.75" (146.75cm)

Width with flaps down: 37"

An elegant George III Sheraton period rosewood veneered sofa table; the top beautifully veneered with book matched rosewood and crossbanded in satinwood, tulipwood and kingwood above two frieze drawers which retain their original bone knob handles; raised on elegant end-supports which are boxwood strung and terminate in the original brass cap castors.

This table is of the most refined design. The cabinet-maker has carefully selected beautifully figured rosewood veneers which run the length of the top and are perfectly book matched. The top is then enhanced with no less than three crossbandings and eleven stringings in contrasting exotic woods. The cabinet-maker's attention to detail in designing this top is highlighted by the manner in which the crossbanding is mitred at the corners. Importantly this sofa table has survived in a high state of preservation retaining an excellent colour, its original turned bone knob handles and original brass cap castors.

Ref: JB42

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Pair Spanish 18th Century marquetry commodes

Pair Spanish 18th Century marquetry commodes

1790

Height: 40.5" (103cm)

Depth: 25" (63.5cm)

Width: 47.5" (120.5cm)

A magnificent pair of late 18th Century Continental walnut and marquetry serpentine fronted commodes; the top inlaid to the centre with musical trophies (the other commode with military trophies) set within an oval laurel wreath border surrounded by sprays of flowers and a parquetry banding, crossbanded in snake wood and with a goncalo alves crossgrain moulding; below is a secretaire drawer and three graduated drawers each of which are inlaid with floral swags and retain their original ring pull handles; raised on the original bracket feet. Beautifully inlaid to the ends of each commode with a basket of flowers suspended within a laurel oval from a ribbon swag and with a spray of laurel leaves below. Possibly Mallorcan.

Ref: BA127

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Pair Georgian knife boxes.

Pair Georgian knife boxes.

1780

Height: 13.25" (33.5cm)

Depth: 8.5" (21.5cm)

Width: 9" (23cm)

A pair of George III Sheraton period mahogany knife boxes; the lift-up lid veneeered in flame Cuban mahogany with barber's pole stringing and the original ring handle opening to reveal an interior altered to fit stationery; the shaped front centred by an elaborate escutcheon and with carrying handles to either side.

Ref: BA111



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