Antique French Walnut Parquetry Oval Occasional Side Table 19th C

GBP 1,350.00

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Object Description

This is a beautiful antique French walnut banded and king wood oval occasional table, circa 1880 in date.

It has been masterfully crafted from beautiful king wood with parquetry decoration and ormolu mounts. It is raised on elegant fluted legs united by a decorative undertier.

Add a elegant touch to your home with this exceptional piece of antique French furniture.

In excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation

Dimensions in cm:
Height 76 x Width 49 x Depth 35

Dimensions in inches:
Height 2 foot, 6 inches x Width 1 foot, 7 inches x Depth 1 foot, 2 inches

Parquetry – is a geometric mosaic of wood pieces used for decorative effect. The two main uses of parquetry are as veneer patterns on furniture and block patterns for flooring. Parquetry patterns are entirely geometrical and angular—squares, triangles, lozenges.

The word derives from the Old French parchet , literally meaning “a small enclosed space”. Large diagonal squares known as parquet de Versailles were introduced in 1684 as parquet de menuiserie to replace the marble flooring that required constant washing, which tended to rot the joists beneath the floors.

Such parquets en lozange were noted by the Swedish architect Daniel Cronström at Versailles and at the Grand Trianon in 1693. Timber contrasting in color and grain, such as oak, walnut, cherry, lime, pine, maple etc. are sometimes employed; and in the more expensive kinds the tropical hardwoods are also used.

Ormolu – Gilt Bronze (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: A3446

Object Details

  • dimensions
    W:49 x H:76 x D:35 centimeters
  • period
  • country
  • year
    Circa 1880

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