EASTLAKE VICTORIAN MIRRORED HALL TREE WITH PURPLE GRANITE - HEAVILY CARVED
Thank you for shopping with Bay Colony Antiques. We're a third generation family owned business furnishing homes all over the world. Were pleased to offer for sale this wonderful 19th century Eastlake Victorian mirrored hall tree.
This hall tree is highly decorated from the carved and molded base to the wonderful sun burst crest. The Eastlake furniture movement took a step back from the powerful high relief carvings, classical motiffs and high ornamentation that dominated the Victorian era. The eastlake movement is highlighted with it's use of geometric designs, strong rectilinear lines, shallower incised carvings and can be credited as a transition from High Victorian to the Art Nouveau/ Arts & Crafts/ Mission styles which would come into fashion in the near future.
The base emplors a nice contrast of walnut and ebonized woods accented with numerous incised carvings of geometric and floral designs finished with a gilt paint. The work surface is a nice slab of purple/red granite a favorite among cabinet makers of this time. Granite is found all over the world and in a plethora of colors depending on where it was mined and what was abundant in the area. When granite is found with pigmentation from purple to red it's from a potassium rich region. The vertical stiles flanking the mirror are reed carved leading to an ebonzied plinth and carved half columns. The glass is absolutely wonderful and further embellished with an acid etched design on the gilt mirror liner. The crest is pierce carved with star designs and decorated with bulbous turnings. We absolutely love everything going on in the crest of this hall tree. The scratch carved daisy over the ebony panel, the sunburst crest rail, and the unusual scrolled ears all come together in an exceptionally pleasing manner.