French Empire Revival Rouge Marble Top Ormolu Mounted Occasional Centre Table

French Empire Revival Rouge Marble Top Ormolu Mounted Occasional Centre Table

French Empire Revival Rouge Marble Top Ormolu Mounted Occasional Centre Table

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About this item

This is a handsome Empire Revival occasional table with fabulous ormolu decoration typical of the Empire period and a "Marmo Rosso di Brescia" marble top.  It has been masterfully crafted in a deep rich flame mahogany with intricate ormolu mounts and dates from the late of the 20th Century.

The  legs are beautifully shaped and are decorated with intricate ormolu mounts, as is the frieze, and they  have neat gilded ormolu feet.

There is no mistaking theunique 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, please see photos for confirmation of condition.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 87 x Width 85 x Depth 70

Dimensions in inches:

Height 2 feet, 10 inches x Width 2 feet, 9 inches x Depth 2 feet, 4 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).

Thomas Sheraton - 18th century furniture designer, once characterized mahogany as "best suited to furniture where strength is demanded as well as a wood that works up easily, has a beautiful figure and polishes so well that it is an ornament to any room in which it may be placed." Matching his words to his work, Sheraton designed much mahogany furniture. The qualities that impressed Sheraton are particularly evident in a distinctive pattern of wood called "flame mahogany."

The flame figure in the wood is revealed by slicing through the face of the branch at the point where it joins another element of the tree.

Dimensions

W85.0 x H87.0 x D70.0 cm

Condition

Used

Date of manufacture

Unknown

Period

Unknown

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VAT status

Seller is VAT registered

SKU

88260611
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