Decor - Item 4115
Room Divider or Architectural Display Railing
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||Room Divider or Architectural Display Railing
|| Width 86½, height 31½, depth 23½ (in inches)
|| Mahogany and poplar
|| Circa 1950
business, it is not unusual to come across an object that is impossible to
categorize, but you see its utility immediately. That is what happened when we
came across this extraordinary find in Italy. The seller was using it as a
piece of furniture that divided his living area from his dining space, and he
had a row of potted plants sitting across the top, and across the wide shelf
portion of the bottom. It looked like it was part of his apartment's structure
due to its size and robust construction.
It appearsto be an actual portion of an architectural railing from a large (and grand!)
home or office building. The individual balusters are over 6" wide at
their widest, and solid, hand-turned poplar. Each baluster is carefully fitted
into the space between the solid mahogany top and its matching moulded bottom.
The ends appear to be partial portions of the original vertical columns that
held each section together.
Anobject like this can be merely an amalgam of miscellaneous parts, or it can be
a unified original section of a larger whole. For us, all signs point toward
the latter, probably because of its substantial weight, perhaps in excess of
300 pounds, and unity of the design elements.
Themahogany is very thick and with a grain that suggests that it is old and not
from the more modern and less dense Philippine mahogany that is so common in
modern mahogany furniture.
purchased it, it needed extensive refinishing that was very time consuming
because of the curves, and some re-gluing, all of which have been performed.
The current finish is a warm walnut brown that should go very well with most
contemporary or antique furniture.
et Objets D'Art 10, Le Mobilier Italien (Editions Fabri, Paris, 1990);
Costantino Fioratti, Helen, Il Mobile Italiano (Giunti Editore, Firenze-Milano,
2004); Rousseau, Francis, Le Grand Livre des Meubles (Copyright Studio, Paris,
classically beautiful as any hand made stair railing is, but the width and
depth of the top coupled with the bottom shelf space makes it an outstanding
place to display pieces, with plants, sculpture or other personal trophies or