Antique Dutch Floral Marquetry Occasional Table Late 18th Century

Antique Dutch Floral Marquetry Occasional Table Late 18th Century

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This is a stunning antique late 18th Century Dutch mahogany and marquetry inlaid circular flip-top table.

It has been accomplished in rich mahogany, with exquisite hand cut floral marquetry of flowers and acanthus scrolls around a vase, typical of the very best pieces of period Dutch furniture.

It is raised on a tapering column richly inlaid with trailing flowers on a triform base.

Late 18th Century in date it is in truly remarkable condition for its age and this exceptional piece represents a fantastic example of 18th century Dutch cabinetry at its very finest.

Condition:

In excellent condition having been beautifully restored in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 74 x Width 76 x Depth 76

Dimensions in inches:

Height 2 feet, 5 inches x Width 2 feet, 6 inches x Depth 2 feet, 6 inches

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.

Dimensions

W76.0 x H74.0 x D76.0 cm

Condition

Refurbished

Date of manufacture

Unknown

Period

Unknown

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VAT status

Seller is VAT registered

SKU

77950170
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