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Antique Burr Walnut Ebonised Work Table c.1860 Signed Tahan Paris

Antique Burr Walnut Ebonised Work Table Signed Tahan Paris
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  • Antique Burr Walnut Ebonised Work Table Signed Tahan Paris
  • Antique Burr Walnut Ebonised Work Table Signed Tahan Paris
  • Antique Burr Walnut Ebonised Work Table Signed Tahan Paris
  • Antique Burr Walnut Ebonised Work Table Signed Tahan Paris
  • Antique Burr Walnut Ebonised Work Table Signed Tahan Paris
  • Antique Burr Walnut Ebonised Work Table Signed Tahan Paris
  • Antique Burr Walnut Ebonised Work Table Signed Tahan Paris
  • Antique Burr Walnut Ebonised Work Table Signed Tahan Paris
  • Antique Burr Walnut Ebonised Work Table Signed Tahan Paris
  • Antique Burr Walnut Ebonised Work Table Signed Tahan Paris
  • Antique Burr Walnut Ebonised Work Table Signed Tahan Paris
  • Antique Burr Walnut Ebonised Work Table Signed Tahan Paris
  • Antique Burr Walnut Ebonised Work Table Signed Tahan Paris
  • Antique Burr Walnut Ebonised Work Table Signed Tahan Paris
  • Antique Burr Walnut Ebonised Work Table Signed Tahan Paris
  • Antique Burr Walnut Ebonised Work Table Signed Tahan Paris
  • Antique Burr Walnut Ebonised Work Table Signed Tahan Paris
  • Antique Burr Walnut Ebonised Work Table Signed Tahan Paris
  • Antique Burr Walnut Ebonised Work Table Signed Tahan Paris
  • Antique Burr Walnut Ebonised Work Table Signed Tahan Paris
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Price: £2,250.00
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This is a beautiful antique French burr walnut and ebonised occasional work/dressing table,  circa 1860 in date.  

The brass lock, complete with key, bears the inscription of the maker 'Tahan Paris,' Alphonse Tahan was the master cabinet maker to Emperor Napoleon III. 

The table is inlaid with a fabulous decoration of mother of pearl, kingwood, satinwood and brass and has a decorative engraved flush brass mounted border. The rising lid and the ebonised interior is set with a mirror and  encloses a well with sliding tray.

The table frieze and stretcher base is also masterfully line inlaid with brass,  and the legs have superb decorative ormolu mounts.

Furniture of this quality and condition signed by Tahan are rare and very collectable.

Condition:

In excellent condition having been beautifully restored in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.
 

Dimensions in cm:

Height 77 x Width 49 x Depth 36 - When closed

Dimensions in inches:

Height 2 feet, 6 inches x Width 1 foot, 7 inches x Depth 1 foot, 2 inches - When closed

Alphonse Tahan (1830-1880)
was the official ébéniste de l'Empereur or master cabinet maker to Emperor Napoleon III and his wife, the Empress Eugénie. Known for her beauty and impeccable taste, the Empress Eugene enjoyed the reputation as a trend setter and favored the workshop Tahan. Tahan Fabricant was located at 30 Rue de La Paix from 1849 and subsequently from 1878 at Boulevard des Italiens. The firm exhibited at The London Crystal Palace Exhibition in 1851 and the Paris Exposition Universelle in 1855, and on both occasions were awarded medals. His work exhibits such quality and is in high demand by collectors and enthusiasts alike. Not only did he produce furniture, but also small articles, such beautiful wooden boxes and fine bronze jewelry caskets. His son, Jean-Pierre-Alexandre Tahan continued the legacy of his father, and his business in Paris was celebrated for its imaginative, exhibition-quality work.

 

Burr Walnut
refers to the swirling figure present in nearly all walnut when cut and polished, and especially in the wood taken from the base of the tree where it joins the roots. However the true burr is a rare growth on the tree where hundreds of tiny branches have started to grow. Burr walnut produces some of the most complex and beautiful figuring you can find.

 

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).

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: 07144

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