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French Empire Revival Rouge Marble Top Ormolu Mounted Occasional Centre Table

French Empire Revival Rouge Marble Top Ormolu Mounted Occasional Centre Table
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  • French Empire Revival Rouge Marble Top Ormolu Mounted Occasional Centre Table
  • French Empire Revival Rouge Marble Top Ormolu Mounted Occasional Centre Table
  • French Empire Revival Rouge Marble Top Ormolu Mounted Occasional Centre Table
  • French Empire Revival Rouge Marble Top Ormolu Mounted Occasional Centre Table
  • French Empire Revival Rouge Marble Top Ormolu Mounted Occasional Centre Table
  • French Empire Revival Rouge Marble Top Ormolu Mounted Occasional Centre Table
  • French Empire Revival Rouge Marble Top Ormolu Mounted Occasional Centre Table
  • French Empire Revival Rouge Marble Top Ormolu Mounted Occasional Centre Table
  • French Empire Revival Rouge Marble Top Ormolu Mounted Occasional Centre Table
  • French Empire Revival Rouge Marble Top Ormolu Mounted Occasional Centre Table
  • French Empire Revival Rouge Marble Top Ormolu Mounted Occasional Centre Table
  • French Empire Revival Rouge Marble Top Ormolu Mounted Occasional Centre Table
  • French Empire Revival Rouge Marble Top Ormolu Mounted Occasional Centre Table
  • French Empire Revival Rouge Marble Top Ormolu Mounted Occasional Centre Table
  • French Empire Revival Rouge Marble Top Ormolu Mounted Occasional Centre Table
  • French Empire Revival Rouge Marble Top Ormolu Mounted Occasional Centre Table
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Price: £1,250.00
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This is a handsome Empire Revival occasional table with fabulous ormolu decoration typical of the Empire period and a "Marmo Rosso di Brescia" marble top.  It has been masterfully crafted in a deep rich flame mahogany with intricate ormolu mounts and dates from the late of the 20th Century.

The  legs are beautifully shaped and are decorated with intricate ormolu mounts, as is the frieze, and they  have neat gilded ormolu feet.

There is no mistaking theunique quality and elaborate design, which is certain to make it a talking point in your home and a fine embellishment to your reception room.

Condition:

In excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation of condition.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 87 x Width 85 x Depth 70

Dimensions in inches:

Height 2 feet, 10 inches x Width 2 feet, 9 inches x Depth 2 feet, 4 inches

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).

Thomas Sheraton - 18th century furniture designer, once characterized mahogany as "best suited to furniture where strength is demanded as well as a wood that works up easily, has a beautiful figure and polishes so well that it is an ornament to any room in which it may be placed." Matching his words to his work, Sheraton designed much mahogany furniture. The qualities that impressed Sheraton are particularly evident in a distinctive pattern of wood called "flame mahogany."

The flame figure in the wood is revealed by slicing through the face of the branch at the point where it joins another element of the tree.

Angelica Kauffman, RA (1741 - 1807)

was a Swiss-born Austrian Neoclassical painter who had a successful career in London and Rome. Though born as "Kauffmann", Kauffman is the preferred spelling of her name in English; it is the form she herself used most in signing her correspondence, documents and paintings.

While Kauffman produced many types of art, she identified herself primarily as a history painter, an unusual designation for a woman artist in the 18th century. History painting, was considered the most elite and lucrative category in academic painting during this time period. Under the direction of Sir Joshua Reynolds, the Royal Academy made a strong effort to promote history painting to a native audience who were more interested in commissioning and buying portraits and landscapes.

Despite the popularity that Kauffman enjoyed in British society and her success as an artist, she was disappointed by the relative apathy that the British had towards history painting. Ultimately she left Britain for the continent, where history painting was better established, held in higher esteem and patronized.

The works of Angelica Kauffman have retained their reputation. By 1911, rooms decorated with her work were still to be seen in various quarters. At Hampton Court was a portrait of the duchess of Brunswick; in the National Portrait Gallery, a self-portrait. There were other pictures by her at Paris, at Dresden, in the Hermitage at St Petersburg, in the Alte Pinakothek atMunich, in Kadriorg Palace, Tallinn (Estonia).

Satinwood

is a hard and durable wood with a satinlike sheen, much used in cabinetmaking, especially in marquetry. It comes from two tropical trees of the family Rutaceae (rue family). East Indian or Ceylon satinwood is the yellowish or dark-brown heartwood of Chloroxylon swietenia.

The lustrous, fine-grained, usually figured wood is used for furniture, cabinetwork, veneers, and backs of brushes. West Indian satinwood, sometimes called yellow wood, is considered superior. It is the golden yellow, lustrous, even-grained wood found in the Florida Keys and the West Indies.

It has long been valued for furniture. It is also used for musical instruments, veneers, and other purposes. Satinwood is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Sapindales, family Rutaceae.

Our reference: 04922

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