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Pair of Empire Style Flame Mahogany Occasional Tables

Pair of Empire Style Flame Mahogany Occasional Tables | Ref. no. 05202 | Regent Antiques Sold
Ref: 05202
Price: £ 0.00
This is a handsome pair of Empire style octagonal occasional tables and they are made from beautiful flame mahogany with inlaid decoration, dating from the last quarter of the 20th century.

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This is a handsome pair of Empire style octagonal occasional tables and they are made from beautiful flame mahogany with inlaid decoration, dating from the last quarter of the 20th century.

Each has two useful drawers for storage as well as  a slide on each side. The tables are finished with decorative ormolu mounts and handles.

They  are very versatile and can be used as beside tables, coffee tables or display tables.

These tables will instantly enhance the style of one special room in your house.
 

Condition:

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



Dimensions in cm:

Height 75 x Width 68 x Depth 68

Dimensions in inches:

Height 2 feet, 5 inches x Width 2 feet, 3 inches x Depth 2 feet, 3 inches

Our reference: 05202

Flame Mahogany
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.

 

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 75 x Width 68 x Depth 68

Dimensions in inches:

Height 2 feet, 5 inches x Width 2 feet, 3 inches x Depth 2 feet, 3 inches

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