• Item: Drinks tray
• Circa: 1890
• Period: Victorian
• Provenance: Italy
• Sorrento ware
• Woods: Olive, walnut, satinwood, birds eye maple & ebony inlay
• Moulded gallery
• Central floral scene
• Stunning inlay work
• Olive wood & steel carrying handles
• Completely original
• Exceptional quality
• Excellent condition
• Free delivery to England, Wales & southern Scotland*
• Free 14 days UK returns policy
This is an unusual and stunning quality antique Italian Victorian Sorrento ware olive wood drinks tray, which incorporates a central panel depicting an arrangement of flowers, circa 1890, in fine original condition. This style of tray and level of inlay detail, would suggest that is originates from Italy. It was probably introduced to England after the grand tour, when wealthy aristocrats would travel to Italy and return with souvenirs. To the perimeter of the tray, is a moulded gallery, constructed from olive wood, with a further small olive wood beading to the inside. The tray features an outer walnut perimeter, with a geometric shaped border, constructed from birds eye maple banding flanked by ebony and yew string inlay. The centre of the tray displays a walnut background with a fabulous delicate floral stem inlay centerpiece, which is constructed of satinwood, boxwood and olive wood. The quality of craftsmanship and inlay and which has created this scene is outstanding and rarely seen. To either side of the tray are metal and olive wood turned handles.
This tray is a truly classic example of Italian Sorrento ware from the Victorian period. The level of detail and craftsmanship displayed in this piece makes it a stunning wooden work of art. It is rare to see an example, which not only is in excellent condition but is also completely original.
The tray features a mellow olive wood colour. As it boasts the original polish, it has a fantastic colour and patination; this can only be achieved through age and years of care and cleaning it has received. This truly is a very beautiful item with quality construction and is original throughout. It is rare to see one in such good condition.
This item would look superb in a variety of rooms from the hallway to living or dining room. This item would certainly grace any home or office and a great investment, as they are an extremely functional. So don’t miss out your chance to own a lovely piece of furniture.
It is rare to see an example, which not only is in fine condition but is also completely original. Nominal old use marks to the leading edges, polish and handles, but nothing significant considering the age of the item and years of use. Importantly, the inlay is all original, complete and intact. There are no splits to the top either. The handles are also original. The level of detail and craftsmanship displayed in this piece makes it a stunning wooden work of art. This item is solid in joint and ready to use.
Height = 6cm or 2⅜”
Width = 47.4cm or 18⅝” or 1ft 6⅝”
Depth = 35.6cm or 14” or 1ft 2”
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Ref. Tray 4