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19th Century Antique Liegeois Oak Gun Cabinet

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This is an impressive and intricately sculpted Liegeois Gun Cabinet made from a beautifully patinaed Hungarian oak by the second half of the 19th century, originally coming from the fantastic city of Liege located in Belgium’s French-speaking Walloon region (We strongly advise you to google the name of the city to see stunning pictures of the area as well as the famous Cathedral). Liege being after Paris the second larger city recognized for the high craftsmanship of its Cabinetmakers. The style Liegeois, directly inspired from the French styles and periods from King Louis XIII to King Louis XVI, is always boasting an intricate and detailed embellishment. This spectacular piece of furniture is combining the mixture of the 3 major styles uses by the cabinetmakers from Liege: the Regence, Louis XV Rococo and Louis XVI style. This imposing cabinet is highlighted by a magnificent pierced carved cartouche centering an Angel’s face standing upon three compartments mounted with their original glass panes. Note the glasses are a little bit wavy and have a few imperfections such as air bubbles, typical for their age. Both side compartments, originally bookshelves have been converted into gun cabinets, each able to display a total of five guns, while the central compartment, originally for the clock mechanism, is now a large storage compartment with a couple of shelves. The clock is ornate with a breathtaking combination of different types of engraved metal plates from brass to iron and tin embellished with interlaced acanthus and floral designs typical from the area and period. This latter was made by Nicolas Jurdan from Herstal in Belgium, to our knowledge it is not in working order and is now mostly for the look. Locks and keys are in original and working condition. Note that several scratches and dents can be seen here and there due to the age. Accessories not included. Circa date 1860. Dimensions 94"high/ 68"wide/ 18"deep.