Pair of Victorian ormolu and porcelain mounted amboyna cabinets


This exceptional pair of cabinets is an especially unusual example of Victorian design, as each cabinet is mounted with superbly painted Sèvres style porcelain plaques.


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The cabinets are crafted from ormolu and porcelain mounted amboyna. Each cabinet features outset and canted front corners decorated with ormolu espagnolette-like classical mounts to the top and foliate brackets below. The entablature of each is adorned with a frieze of double ormolu scrolls containing bleu celeste porcelain roundels decorated with gilt foliage. The plinth below is of conforming shape, adorned to each corner with ormolu rosettes, and each cabinet is raised on four ormolu mounted turned tapering feet.

The lockable door of each cabinet, which opens to reveal a two-shelf cupboard, is mounted with a large and impressively painted Sèvres style porcelain plaque portraying a Rococo style genre scene, the plaque contained within an elaborate ormolu ribbon-tied laurel wreath frame. The doors are bordered with moulded ormolu beading and the edges are finished with fine geometrical marquetry. The panelled sides of each cabinet are similarly decorated, each mounted to the centre with an ormolu grotesque mask.

The lockplate of each is signed for Hobbs & Co., London.


Ampleforth College, York, as per the Christie, Manson & Woods Ltd. stickers affixed to the back of the cabinets.


Country of Origin
Date of Manufacture
Late 19th Century
Late 19th Century
Rococo, Sèvres, Victorian
Amboyna, Ormolu (Gilt Bronze), Porcelain
Blue, Brown, Gold, Multi-coloured


108 cm / 42.5 inches
77 cm / 30.3 inches
47 cm / 18.5 inches


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