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

Antique Burr Walnut Ebonised Work Table c.1860 Signed Tahan Paris | Ref. no. 07144 | Regent Antiques Sold
Ref: 07144
Price: £ 0.00
This is a beautiful antique French burr walnut and ebonised occasional work/dressing table,  circa 1860 in date.

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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

Our reference: 07144

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).

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

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