Inlaid Renaissance Revival Credenza
Coming up for sale is a Renaissance Revival credenza done in the style that Alexander Roux, Pottier & Stymus, Herter Brothers and the other New York makers would have produced. This piece has gold incising, inlay panels and Neo-Grec ormolu mounts. You’ll note the face of Jenny Lind in an ormolu mount in the center top crest. Bidding ends on July 22nd and starts at a paltry $1,550 but expected range is $19,000 to $21,500. You can view more pictures and details here.
As a side note, if you are interested in learning more about ormolu, you can read a good Wikipedia entry here. According to the article, ormolu pieces by strict definition are rare and were not produced after 1830s due to the health risks posed by the process (mercury fumes). Substitute compositions and processes were developed, which likely were used on the piece above.