Napoleon III period ormolu mounted kingwood vitrine


This fine kingwood and ormolu vitrine was produced during the reign of Napoleon III and demonstrates well the refined Neoclassical taste of the period.


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The vitrine, crafted from kingwood mounted with ormolu, includes a lower, deeper section, and an upper, shallower section. The lower section features two unglazed cabinet doors adorned with finely wrought Neoclassical style ormolu mounts. The bowed doors are finished with lustrous kingwood veneers, while the sides of the lower section (and the upper section) are finished with kingwood veneers arranged in a geometrical manner. The lower section of the cabinet is finished with an apron set with a central protruding crown and is raised on four cabriole legs terminating in ormolu sabots.

The upper section of the cabinet features two large, glazed doors, opening to reveal four shelves, with the doors set above two frieze drawers and a writing slide. The kingwood veneering throughout is finely arranged to reveal the warm grain of the wood, while the Neoclassical style ormolu mounts conform with those adorning the lower section.

The cabinet is affixed inside with a finishing label that reads ‘Custom finishing done by / N. Villacres Co. / 2418 18th St., N.W. Washington’.


Country of Origin
Date of Manufacture
c. 1860
19th Century
Napoleon III, Neoclassical
Glass, Kingwood, Ormolu (Gilt Bronze)
Brown, Gold


218 cm / 85.8 inches
128 cm / 50.4 inches
42 cm / 16.5 inches


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