Object Description

This is a beautiful antique near pair of English Regency Revival mahogany and marquetry demilune console tables, late 19th Century in date.

The half-round table tops are beautifully framed with a satinwood border and have a finely inlaid marquetry central urn within borders of acanthus scrolls and garlands of bell drops.

The friezes are fitted with a central drawer to each, and they are raised on four square tapering legs, inlaid with bell drops and united by a flat platform with satinwood border and central oval patera.

There is no mistaking their unique quality and design, which is certain to make them a talking point in your home. As such, they are sure to take pride of place in your lounge or reception.

In really excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation.

Dimensions in cm:
Height 73.5 x Width 61 x Depth 32.5
Height 73.5 x Width 66 x Depth 32.5

Dimensions in inches:
Height 28.9 x Width 24.0 x Depth 12.8
Height 28.9 x Width 26.0 x Depth 12.8

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: 09083

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