This is a beautiful antique French Napoleon III marquetry and ormolu mounted Poudreuse or writing table, circa 1860 in date.
The stunning marquetry lift up top is decorated with musical instruments, flowers and garlands and has a flap on each side which can be raised and lowered as required. The underside of the top is fitted with a mirror and opens to reveal compartments for jewellery, make up or writing implements.
It is beautifully veneered in amboyna, amaranth, birds’ eye maple and sycamore with elegant ormolu borders and mounts including a plaque depicting Napoleon III.
The table stands on elegant turned and reeded legs joined by inlaid H-stretchers.
It is a beautiful piece which is going to stand out wherever you choose to place it and can be used as a writing table or a dressing table.
Complete with beautiful original engraved ormolu lock and key.
In excellent condition having been beautifully cleaned and French polished in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 74 x Width 57 x Depth 43
Dimensions in inches:
Height 29.1 x Width 22.4 x Depth 16.9
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 copper, brass, 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.
Our reference: 08648