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Low Antique English Mahogany Cabinet Two Door circa 1875

An antique English George III style mahogany low cabinet cupboard circa 1875. The pleasing scale of this low English cabinet is enhanced with several features. The flat top has an attractive moulded edge along the front and both sides that flows forward and then recedes to create a pleasing sense of movement instead of a plain flat edge. Directly beneath this edge lies a frieze of very attractive blind fret work. This pattern appeared during the mid eighteenth century and was especially prominent among the designs of Thomas Chippendale. Fretwork was the term used to describe a trellis pattern that possessed an Oriental flavour. Open fretwork meant it was pierced all the way through to allow light to penetrate while blind fretwork meant it was carved into a panel of wood. Notice that again this frieze is visible on the front as well as the sides. Framing the fretwork below is another line of moulding slightly smaller in scale than the top edge that serves to delineate the frieze from the cabinet doors beneath. Interestingly this pair of doors have their hinges hidden on the sides of the cabinet so they are not seen from the front. This enables the doors to be entirely flat across the front and the applied moulding to be the only feature. The two vertical panels each have a curved section at all four corners. The contrast between the straight and scalloped shapes create a bold sculptural effect especially at night when they create a strong shadow when illuminated by the available light. Both doors open fully to reveal shelved storage on the inside the entire cabinet stands on shaped bracket feet giving the piece a sense of lightness and grace.
# 88D6


36.00" w x 18.00" d x 33.50" h

91.44cm w x 45.72cm d x 85.09cm h