Very interesting carved walnut cabinet for showing off vases etc.in a Renaissance-gothic style. Made for a grand house in Britain or for a prestigious exhibition dating from 1850 to 1880.This has an asymmetrical design so we think this was one of two cabinets.
It has three lockable glazed doors with hand-wrought iron work,originally gilded ,but most has since worn away.The locks are by the highly respected Victorian locksmith of Hobbs & Co.,Cheapside, London .Throughout there are decorative adornments of solid ebony with gilding to the carvings, (gilt much worn ) on the solid walnut casing.
Interior has two iron brackets that still show their original gilt finish-these are impressed with Queen Victoria's cypher, and come with three heavy plate glass shelves. Note we cannot be certain the shelving is original to the vitrine.
Dimensions 6' height (182cm),3' wide (92cm), 2' depth (61cm)