Craftsmanship to be proud of

This superb 1950’s cabinet is an exercise in outstanding craftsmanship. Each individual part has been constructed to the highest possible standard, using only the finest materials available and the time honoured techniques necessary to build such a fine example of mid-century cabinetry.

Attributed to Italian award winning modernist designer, Osvaldo Borsani, the cabinet was imported from Italy and gently restored to its original condition in the UK.

Crafted in Rosewood and featuring two cabinets on either side of a bank of drawers, it has a serpentine shaped front with a top and bottom shelf and a blond wood interior. The modern marquetry work – of stars and lines – shows great attention to detail, with the interior of the cabinet keeping to the celestial theme by featuring stars and moons on the glass. There is also a reverse painted bottom shelf in red glass to match the reverse painted glass top shelf on the outside of the cabinet.

The whole structure is supported on brass sabot feet, matching the brass handles on the bank of drawers.

One of the most interesting aspects of this cabinet is that, although very substantial, the carvings and serpentine front – together with the high gloss of the wood – allow it the elegance of a far less imposing piece and, as such, it could be successfully placed in a variety of different surroundings and combined with antique or modern furniture to equal effect.

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