Antique Regency Revival Marquetry Console Table, 19th Century For Sale
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Antique Regency Revival Marquetry Console Table, 19th Century

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This is a beautiful antique English Regency Revival mahogany and marquetry demilune console table, circa 1900 in-date. The half-round table top is beautifully framed with a satinwood border and has a finely inlaid marquetry central urn within borders of acanthus scrolls and garlands of bell drops. The frieze is fitted with a central drawer, and it is raised on four square tapering legs, inlaid with bell drops and united by a flat platform with satinwood border and central oval patera. There is no mistaking their unique quality and design, which is certain to make it talking point in your home. As such, it is sure to take pride of place in your lounge or reception. Condition: In really excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation. Dimensions in cm: Height 73.5 x width 61 x depth 32.5 Dimensions in inches: Height 28.9 x width 24.0 x depth 12.8 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. Satinwood is a hard and durable wood with a satinlike sheen, much used in cabinetmaking, especially in marquetry. It comes from two tropical trees of the family Rutaceae (rue family). East Indian or Ceylon satinwood is the yellowish or dark-brown heartwood of Chloroxylon swietenia. The lustrous, fine-grained, usually figured wood is used for furniture, cabinetwork, veneers, and backs of brushes. West Indian satinwood, sometimes called yellow wood, is considered superior. It is the golden yellow, lustrous, even-grained wood found in the Florida Keys and the West Indies. It has long been valued for furniture. It is also used for musical instruments, veneers, and other purposes. Satinwood is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Sapindales, family Rutaceae.

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  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Dimensions
    H 28.94 in. x W 24.02 in. x D 12.8 in.H 73.5 cm x W 61 cm x D 32.5 cm
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Seller Reference Number
    09083a
  • Reference Number
    LU950611922993
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