This is a beautiful antique French goncalo alves wood and cut brass inlaid rectangular occasional table, circa 1850 in date.
The lift up lid features superb cut brass marquetry inlaid decoration consisting of a scolling cartouche classical urn cresting, framed by trailing foliate and floral ornamentation.
The apron is decorated with ribbon tied swags and roses while the interior is made from rare solid birds eye maple and has an inset bevelled mirror .
It can be used as a dressing table by lifting the lid to reveal the mirror and lots of space for creams etc. Alternatively it can be used by opening the drawer so as not to disturb any items on the lid.
It is raised on elegant fluted legs joined by a brass inlaid undertier with ormolu capped feet.
With working lock and original key.
This stunning table will instantly enhance the style of one special room in your home.
In excellent condition having been beautifully cleaned and French polished in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 76 x Width 71 x Depth 42
Dimensions in inches:
Height 2 feet, 6 inches x Width 2 feet, 4 inches x Depth 1 foot, 4 inches
Gonçalo alves is a hardwood (from the Portuguese name, Gonçalo Alves). It is sometimes referred to as tigerwood — a name that underscore the wood’s often dramatic, contrasting color scheme.
Marquetry is decorative artistry where pieces of material (such as wood, mother of pearl, pewter, brass silver or shell) of different colours are inserted into surface wood veneer to form intricate patterns such as scrolls or flowers.
The technique of veneered marquetry had its inspiration in 16th century Florence. Marquetry elaborated upon Florentine techniques of inlaying solid marble slabs with designs formed of fitted marbles, jaspers and semi-precious stones. This work, called opere di commessi, has medieval parallels in Central Italian “Cosmati”-work of inlaid marble floors, altars and columns. The technique is known in English as pietra dura, for the “hardstones” used: onyx, jasper, cornelian, lapis lazuli and colored marbles. In Florence, the Chapel of the Medici at San Lorenzo is completely covered in a colored marble facing using this demanding jig-sawn technique.
Techniques of wood marquetry were developed in Antwerp and other Flemish centers of luxury cabinet-making during the early 16th century. The craft was imported full-blown to France after the mid-seventeenth century, to create furniture of unprecedented luxury being made at the royal manufactory of the Gobelins, charged with providing furnishings to decorate Versailles and the other royal residences of Louis XIV. Early masters of French marquetry were the Fleming Pierre Golle and his son-in-law, André-Charles Boulle, who founded a dynasty of royal and Parisian cabinet-makers (ébénistes) and gave his name to a technique of marquetry employing shell and brass with pewter in arabesque or intricately foliate designs.
Our reference: 08455