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Secrets of Burl



What we see in this commode, entombed before now, is a striking amount of versatility, secret spaces- a mesmerism at every nook and cranny. It's comprised of magnificent old-growth walnut and walnut burl, pure through and through, dating between 1660-1670, and has an anatomy of function that we rarely see so eloquently expressed.

The pulls with a burled walnut background and even the keyholes have an inlay of burl. High relief carving of a floral motif brings nature inside, again (can there ever be too much?), with the lip and base in a wave motif and florals in between. The seeming heft is made light by the canted corners, yielding an attractive silhouette for a piece of such decorative and utilitarian depth. The escutcheons appear as butterflies, lending even more naturalistic delicacy.

There is a character of the old growth you just don't see in today's design and veneered landscape. And that's just the outside. Inside, we unexpectedly access a desk, and associated cavities for an inkwell (or today, for a phone). The front section has a hidden trunk, each function created for a specific purpose. Flanking on the sides and the bottom, there are two little drawers that also come out.

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