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Pair of Empire Style Mahogany & Marble Pedestal Tables

Pair of Empire Style Mahogany & Marble Pedestal Tables | Ref. no. 00288 | Regent Antiques Sold
Ref: 00288
Price: £ 0.00
This is a gorgeous pair of Empire style mahogany occasional tables with "verde antico" marble tops.

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This is a gorgeous pair of Empire style mahogany occasional tables with "verde antico" marble tops. 

Mahogany is known for its gorgeous reddish colour and remarkable strength. This wood creates a striking contrast against the marble of the table tops.

Both tables have a drawer for storage. The tables are finished with decorative ormolu detailing on the mounts and the feet. There is also an ormolu trim surrounding the marble table tops.

The pair make wonderful pedestals for your display piece collection.
 

Condition:

In excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation.

 



Dimensions in cm:

Height 87 x Width 40 x Depth 40

Dimensions in inches:

Height 2 feet, 10 inches x Width 1 foot, 4 inches x Depth 1 foot, 4 inches

Our reference: 00288

Mahogany 
is probably one of the largest ‘families’ of hardwood, having many different varieties within its own species.

Mahogany has been used for centuries in ship building, house building, furniture making etc and is the core structure of just about every 19th century vanity box, dressing case or jewellery box. It became more of a Victorian trend to dress Mahogany with these decorative veneers, such as Rosewood, Kingwood, Burr Walnut and Coromandel, so that the actual Mahogany was almost hidden from view.

Mahogany itself is a rich reddish brown wood that can range from being plain in appearance to something that is so vibrant, figured and almost three dimensional in effect. 

Although Mahogany was most often used in its solid form, it also provided some beautifully figured varieties of veneer like ‘Flame’ Mahogany and ‘Fiddleback’ Mahogany (named after its preferred use in the manufacture of fine musical instruments).

Cuban Mahogany was so sought after, that by the late 1850′s, this particular variety became all but extinct.

Ormolu (from French 'or moulu', signifying ground or pounded gold) is an 18th-century English term for applying finely ground, high-carat gold in a mercury amalgam to an object of bronze.The mercury is driven off in a kiln leaving behind a gold-coloured veneer known as 'gilt bronze'.

The manufacture of true ormolu employs a process known as mercury-gilding or fire-gilding, in which a solution of nitrate of mercury is applied to a piece of copperbrass, or bronze, followed by the application of an amalgam of gold and mercury. The item was then exposed to extreme heat until the mercury burned off and the gold remained, adhered to the metal object.

No true ormolu was produced in France after around 1830 because legislation had outlawed the use of mercury. Therefore, other techniques were used instead but nothing surpasses the original mercury-firing ormolu method for sheer beauty and richness of colour. Electroplating is the most common modern technique. Ormolu techniques are essentially the same as those used on silver, to produce silver-gilt (also known as vermeil).

Dimensions in cm:

Height 87 x Width 40 x Depth 40

Dimensions in inches:

Height 2 feet, 10 inches x Width 1 foot, 4 inches x Depth 1 foot, 4 inches

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