Ormolu mounted mahogany and ebonised wood vitrine

Attributed to Mercier Frères (French, est. 1828)


This magnificently crafted vitrine, or display cabinet, is skillfully wrought in the refined and elegant Neoclassical style from the finest of materials.


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This beautiful vitrine, attributed to Mercier Frères, is crafted in the Neoclassical style from the finest of materials, including ebonised wood, marquetry of mahogany, and ormolu mounts.

The cabinet features twin large glazed doors. Each door is finished with mahogany and ebonised wood veneers separated by inlaid brass banding and set with finely wrought Neoclassical style mounts. The twin doors open to reveal two glazed shelves and a mirrored backing. The cabinet itself is raised on four ebonised wood and ormolu mounted toupie feet, with the base above finished, like the doors, with ebonised wood and mahogany veneers. The base is adorned with fine ormolu rosettes and classical mask mounts. The cabinet is surmounted by a veined marble plateau, while the sides feature geometrical marquetry of mahogany. The detailing throughout is superb: ebonised wood veneers accent the edges and corners of each plane—enclosed, as with the doors, with inlaid brass bands.

The vitrine is a superb example of the Neoclassical style and a fine demonstration of skilled craftsmanship, utilising exceptional materials and delicate techniques.


Artist / Maker
Attributed to Mercier Frères (French, est. 1828)
Country of Origin
Date of Manufacture
Late 19th Century
Late 19th Century
Brass, Ebonised Wood, Glass, Mahogany, Marble, Mirror, Ormolu (Gilt Bronze), Parquetry
Black, Brown, Clear, Gold


164 cm / 64.6 inches
122 cm / 48 inches
40 cm / 15.7 inches


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