A BLACK FOREST CARVED MAHOGANY AND BURLED BLACK WALNUT TELESCOPING BOOK RACK, LATE 19TH CENTURY, POSSIBLY GERMANY, with folding pierce ends carved with grapes and scrolling leafy vines, within a primitive hut, which was a traditional symbol of the Eucharist, but also reminiscent of Charles Dominique Eisen's (French 1720-1778) Frontispiece for Essai sur L'Architecture by Marc Antoine Laugier, the ends are now mounted to a black walnut burl veneered adjustable, mahogany base, on a later plinth, with an ebonized edge. height: 6 1/2", width: 13", depth: 5 1/4"; open width: 19 1/4".
The ends and bases are likely a marriage. Some mild surface wear, darkening, small chips and losses, cracking of the veneer, hinges likely replaced. The restoration work is good and overall in good to very good condition, wear commensurate with age and use.
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