A Fine Early Victorian Mahogany & Mirrored Glass Étagère c.1840

Origin: British, possibly Scottish
Period: Early Victorian
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1840-50
Height: 59.5 inches
Width: 14 inches at top to 28 inches at base
Depth: 6.5 inches at top to 13 inches at base

The fine mahogany étagère having six graduated tiers of three mirror backed tiers above two shaped shelves, raised and divided by well turned open pierced spiral turnings and baluster supports, the top shelf with acorn brass finials, the whole sitting on turned feet and surviving from the early Victorian period.

The étagère has only been waxed by us and remains in desirable original condition showing a beautiful aged mahogany patina and colour. The mirror plate is all original and has some attractive foxing to parts. She is structurally sound in the most part, though her feet are a little skewed and have traces of old worm but she still stands well enough for a lightweight piece. There is some slight movement shelves to each tier but again nothing that one wouldn’t expect. The spiral twists and shelves all with wear and a good deal of patination. The acorn finials to the top shelf may be later.

An étagère is a piece of light furniture which was extensively made in France during the latter part of the 18th century. It consists of a series of stages or shelves for the reception of ornaments or other small articles. Like the what-not it was very often cornerwise in shape, and the best Louis XVI examples in exotic woods are exceedingly graceful and elegant. Rarely with mirrored backed tiers, étagères like this are hard to find. The beautiful turnings and quality of the finish is high and the execution of the whole is very commendable.

Beautifully proportioned this is a very sexy piece of furniture; who said brown furniture was boring again?