European and Circassian walnut and prima vera veneers, pau ferro, nickel silver
This low cabinet is cloaked in a tapestry of rich exotic walnut. Amazing in figure and pattern, the pieces were discovered in a long-held cache of rare, old veneers. Composing with them was a rewarding process. The stand, of pau ferro, completes the reference to Ming Dynasty forms.
The nickel silver escutcheon plate, the central focus of the piece, is hand-engraved in the style of Italian gunsmithing and Japanese sword artistry. I have been engraving in metal for years; incorporating this element into my furniture allows me to add a further level of detail to my shop-made hardware.
"When engraving, the sense of time is lost, and the most minute detail becomes the sole focus of attention."
Dimensions: 16" deep x 28" wide x 46" high