Pair Antique English Neoclassical Mahogany Cabinets William IV circa 1835
The superb mahogany timber and the Neoclassical styling of this pair of antique English mahogany cabinets circa 1835 give them a powerful visual impact. These antique cabinets are from the William IV period in England and showcase the marvelous distillation of design seen in furnishings from the early nineteenth century. Please note that this is a matched pair with the cabinet doors opening opposite each other. The hinges are not visible from the front nor are the keyholes as they are located on the side of each cabinet. This design choice was made to enhance the architectural appearance of these English mahogany cabinets and place the emphasis upon the pair of columns that flank the recessed panel. This recessed panel on each door is further accentuated by the use of an arch motif whose point reaches the top of the door in line with the capital of each column. All four of the columns have a slightly tapered profile with a boldly carved capital and base that adds visual importance to the. The quality of the figured mahogany seen across the front and sides of these antique English cabinets is another element in their importance. Designed and constructed just as the use of gas lighting was being rapidly adopted their shape and the brilliance of the timber were seen to best advantage in a home that was not dependent upon candles and a fire for illumination. Mahogany, being an imported and costly material, was an ideal material for wealthy patrons who were the first to have their homes outfitted with the new source of light, gas. Both cabinet doors open fully to reveal the interior whose storage capacity is doubled by the use of a shelf. There is also a drawer at the top of both cabinets that is accessed by pulling gently on the underside to open and close as needed. Perfect for flanking a door or window this pair of mahogany cabinets may also be used as bedside tables.
WIDTH: 26½ in | HEIGHT: 35 in | DEPTH: 16 in
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