Antique French Kingwood & Parquetry Gueridon Occasional Table 19th C

Antique French Kingwood & Parquetry Gueridon Occasional Table 19th C

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This is a beautiful antique French late 19th Century kingwood and parquetry oval two tier gueridon of "Louis XV" design.

It has a stunning white Carrara marble inset to the top, within an elegant fretted brass gallery. It has a useful drawer in the frieze and is fitted with a leather lined slide.

It is raised on on slender square cabriole legs with ormolu mounts, the lower tier with a parquetry centre panel and terminating in foliate pattern ormolu sabots.

There is no mistaking the unique quality and elaborate design, which is certain to make it a talking point in your home and a fine embellishment to your reception room.

Condition:

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

Dimensions in cm:

Height 74 x Width 52 x Depth 38

Dimensions in inches:

Height 2 feet, 5 inches x Width 1 foot, 8 inches x Depth 1 foot, 3 inches

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.

No true ormolu was produced in France after around 1830 because legislation had outlawed the use of mercury. Therefore, other techniques were used instead but nothing surpasses the original mercury-firing ormolu method for sheer beauty and richness of colour. Electroplating is the most common modern technique. Ormolu techniques are essentially the same as those used on silver, to produce silver-gilt (also known as vermeil).

Carrara marble - is a type of white or blue-grey marble popular for use in sculpture and building decor. It is quarried at the city of Carrara in the province of Massa-Carrara (Tuscany, Italy).

Carrara marble has been used since the time of Ancient Rome; the Pantheon and Trajan's Column in Rome are constructed of it. Many sculptures of the Renaissance, such as Michelangelo's David, were carved from Carrara marble. For Michelangelo at least, Carrara marble was valued above all other stone, except perhaps that of his own quarry in Pietrasanta. The Marble Arch in London and the Duomo di Siena are also made from this stone, as are the interiors of Manila Cathedral, the cold-white marbles of the Sheikh Zayed Mosque and the campus of Harvard Medical School.

Dimensions

W52.0 x H74.0 x D38.0 cm

Condition

Used

Date of manufacture

Unknown

Period

19th Century

Style

Antique

Seller

VAT status

Seller is VAT registered

SKU

21094971
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