Rare and Unusual Ebony Etagere
This is a small scale étagère that has a most unusual form that I have not seen before. The piece is all in black with gold transfer work on all four half round shelves, including the top piece! All of the transfer work is the same design of scrolls and vines with gold borders on each piece. There is a long mirror on the back - all just in perfect condition! Most impressive are the turned columns appearing on the front corners. At the bottom of these posts or columns is a detailed foot that looks like the foot  of an animal. ( I have seen this same foot in other pieces; e.g. on the base of a round stand with a dome on top.)  On the top of the étagère is some metal decoration that is finely scrolled and which is set in holes. As you can see from the photos, half of the metal scroll work is missing on the left side. What a shame as this piece is so mint for its age. (early 19th century). It would be wonderful if a collector has some trim work like this to place on the other side.
Measurements: 5" h. (including metal trim work on top) x 3-1/8" w.
Circa: 1840
Price: SOLD
 

  

 

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