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Magnificent French Louis XIV Walnut Cabinet with intricate burl veneer patterns and marble top, featuring ornamental metal pulls on paneled doors. Set against a dark background.

A Stunning Example of Fine Antique French Furniture

Connoisseurs and collectors with a discerning eye will undoubtedly appreciate this exceptional French Louis XIV period marquetry cabinet, a gem from the early 18th century. The cabinet preserves its original mottled Breccia marble top and boasts an intricate veneer of richly figured walnut, burr elm, and kingwood—a combination signifying the height of luxury in material choice. It measures a stately 89 cm in height, 118 cm in width, and 73 cm in depth, promising to be a magnificent focal point in any refined interior.

Exceptional Material Use and Artistry

One of the crown jewels of this piece is its sophisticated use of kingwood, known historically as ‘bois de violette’ or ‘princes wood.’ During the 17th century, kingwood was the epitome of opulence in woodworking, used predominantly for inlays on the most exquisite furniture. The cabinet’s intricate marquetry, highlighted by the rich tones and delicate grain of kingwood, exemplifies the masterful craftsmanship of the era.

Interior Craftsmanship and Design

Opening the elegantly designed two doors reveals an interior lined with robust oak, maintaining the structural integrity and aesthetic continuity expected of high-quality French furniture from the period. This attention to both the visible and hidden elements underscores the comprehensive excellence in craftsmanship typical of Louis XIV designs.

Architectural and Decorative Details

Supported by ornate bracket feet, the cabinet not only stands with stability but also exudes an air of majesty, enhancing its presence as a statement piece. Its grand proportions ensure versatility within both spacious hallways and intimate salons, providing both functional storage and an artful enrichment to its surroundings.

This French Louis XIV two-door marquetry cabinet represents not just an item of furniture but a historical artefact, reflecting the opulent design and meticulous craftsmanship of its time. Its exquisite use of materials, including the rare and coveted kingwood, and its careful construction make it an indispensable acquisition for those who value the heritage and aesthetic of period French furniture. As both a functional item and a decorative masterpiece, this cabinet stands as a testament to the lasting appeal and inherent beauty of French antique furnishings.

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Magnificent French Louis XIV Walnut Cabinet with intricate burl veneer patterns and marble top, featuring ornamental metal pulls on paneled doors. Set against a dark background.

Magnificent French Louis XIV Walnut Cabinet

Stock Number: 3574

A magnificent and very rare early 18th century French Louis XIV Walnut & Kingwood marquetry cabinet.
  • Height: 89 cm (35 inches)
  • Width: 118 cm (46.5 inches)
  • Depth: 73 cm (28.7 inches)

£16,900

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  • Height: 89 cm (35 inches)
  • Width: 118 cm (46.5 inches)
  • Depth: 73 cm (28.7 inches)

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