Antique English Painted Georgian Corner Cabinet circa 1840

(Great Britain, 19th Century)

Antique English Painted Georgian Corner Cabinet circa 1840
1610 Bissonet Street
Houston, TX, 77005
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Antique English Painted Georgian Corner Cabinet circa 1840


The charming colour and beautiful symmetry of this antique English corner cabinet circa 1840 is quite lovely. Originally used in a country house kitchen in the southwest of England this painted corner cabinet retains its original antique glass in the pair of upper cabinet doors. Notice the pattern in the upper doors contains thirteen individual pieces of glass arranged in a balanced manner known as "astragal glazing". This pattern first appeared in the eighteenth century and was enormously popular throughout the Georgian period (1720-1820) and continues to be so today. When the doors are opened the entire upper cabinet is revealed and available for the display of collected and special objects. The Georgian era is notable for its graceful proportions and delightful visual arrangement of different components. The two shelves on the inside of the cabinet each have a scalloped shape visible when the doors are open and each display level has a plate groove used to keep plates upright for viewing. The lower cabinet doors also open fully and has a shelf to increase the storage area. This English corner cabinet has a wonderful painted finish in an apple green which along with its bright interior colour was chosen to bring reflection into an otherwise dark room. When this cabinet was first constructed in the nineteenth century the only illumination was a fireplace and candles before the introduction of gas lighting and then electric lights. So the addition of colour into an interior was a favoured choice in both the 1700 and 1800's to enhance the ability to see the objects placed behind the doors. The decorative appeal of this antique corner cabinet remains desirable and the clean simple lines work well for twenty first century interiors.

WIDTH: 42 in | HEIGHT: 84½ in | DEPTH: 22 in

Origin Great Britain
Category Cabinets
Period 19th Century
Style Georgian

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THB REF: 1372935476 DEALER REF: EFH152