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Vintage Pair of French Empire Revival marquetry Side Tables

Vintage Pair of French Empire Revival marquetry Side Tables | Ref. no. A2074a | Regent Antiques Sold
Ref: A2074a
Price: £ 0.00
This is a stunning pair of vintage Empire Revival burr walnut and marquetry inlaid side tables tables with fabulous...

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This is a stunning pair of vintage Empire Revival burr walnut and marquetry inlaid side tables tables with fabulous decorative ormolu mounts, dating from the last quarter of the 20th century.

They have stunning ormolu decoration with laurel  leaves, female caryatids lion's paw feet and ormolu borders
 

Condition:

In excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation.



Dimensions in cm:

Height 51 x Width 61 x Depth 61

Dimensions in inches:

Height 1 foot, 8 inches x Width 2 foot x Depth 2 foot

Our reference: A2074a

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 y

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).

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Dimensions in cm:

Height 51 x Width 61 x Depth 61

Dimensions in inches:

Height 1 foot, 8 inches x Width 2 foot x Depth 2 foot

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