French cloisonné enamel and gilt metal three-shelf tiered table in Empire style
French, late 19th Century
Height 90cm, diameter 36cm
This small Empire style shelved circular side table is crafted from beautifully gilt metal and cloisonné enamel. The table contains three circular shelves, each shelf formed from a shallow bowl finished with cloisonné enamel—flowers of various kinds are set against the light blue enamel ground. Each shelf is surrounded by a gilt metal gallery, the gilding of which is integrated into the gilt metal of the body. The shelves are supported by three gilt metal fluted legs, each leg raised by a hoof foot and surmounted by a wonderfully formed lion-head finial.