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Pollard Oak Sideboard

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This massive sideboard is an incredible example of pollard oak veneering

Key Features

  • This monumental English sideboard was crafted with stunning pollard oak veneer
  • This incredible piece was commissioned to celebrate a marriage between two noble families
  • Fruitwood inlays and a coat-of-arms complete this outstanding work
  • Signed F. Thomas
  • Circa 1840
  • 98" wide x 31" deep x 123" high

Item Details

  • Width:
    98 Inches
  • Height:
    123 Inches
  • Depth:
    31 Inches
  • Period:
    19th Century
  • Origin:
This rare and monumental sideboard was crafted by F. Thomas, a cabinetmaker from Rochester, Kent. Almost certainly commissioned to commemorate a marriage between the Hutchinson and Butterworth families, this wonderful piece boasts a pollard oak veneer, an extremely time-consuming process which creates a unique and eye-catching burled wood appearance. The completion of a piece as large as this sideboard took several years of expert craftsmanship and was quite expensive. This Victorian sideboard also features exquisite fruitwood inlays and a British coat-of-arms at its crest, with the motto "Cunctanter-Tamen-Fortiter" translated as "Leisurely yet Resolutely."  Combining master craftsmanship with exceptional provenance, this exquisite piece is a true treasure.

Signed F. Thomas

Circa 1840

98" wide x 31" deep x 123" high

The remarkable pattern of this veneer is achieved by using small, thin slices of wood taken from an oak tree that has been chopped or 'pollarded'. Pollarding was practiced in England during a time when fox hunting was a favorite sport among royals and the nobility. Servants would go out before the hunt and lop off overhanging branches to clear the way for the hunters. These limbs would re-form only to be lopped off again should the need arise. If allowed to grow without further 'harvesting', the new limbs became very strong, creating beautiful interwoven patterns where they sprouted from the trunk. This 'pollard' wood was extremely valuable and rare as only a relative few trees were cut in this manner. In addition, it took a highly skilled craftsman to reveal the hidden beauty of the pollard oak. This particular piece of furniture would have indeed been very expensive to produce both in terms of materials and craftsmanship and it is superb in every way.

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