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Pair Louis Xvi Style Burr Walnut Occasional Tables

Pair Louis Xvi Style Burr Walnut Occasional Tables

Pair Louis Xvi Style Burr Walnut Occasional Tables

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About this item

This is a gorgeous pair of burr walnut occasional tables with striking ormolu mounts and elegant line inlaid decoration, from the last quarter of the 20th century.

Each table has a useful drawer and stands on elegant tapering legs that terminate in oemolu sabots.

These elegant tables will instantly enhance the style of any room in your home. 

 

Condition:

In excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 71 x Width 50 x Depth 30

Dimensions in inches:

Height 2 feet, 4 inches x Width 1 foot, 8 inches x Depth 1 foot

urr Walnut refers to the swirling figure present in nearly all walnut when cut and polished, and especially in the wood taken from the base of the tree where it joins the roots. However the true burr is a rare growth on the tree where hundreds of tiny branches have started to grow. Burr walnut produces some of the most complex and beautiful figuring you can find.

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).

Dimensions

W50.0 x H71.0 x D30.0 cm

Condition

Used

Date of manufacture

Unknown

Period

Unknown

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VAT status

Seller is VAT registered

SKU

60013320
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