A FINE EMPIRE ORMOLU MOUNTED MAHOGANY CENTER TABLE
With winged figural columns of exceptional quality, likely Paris circa 1830
Item # 712KJB09
A remarkable center table crafted during the second quarter of the 19th century, the quality of materials and craftsmanship throughout are noteworthy. The carefully selected cuban mahogany top shows a dramatic grain formation that is only made more impressive with the brilliant French polish. An applied edge rounds the faceted top, this projecting slightly over a shallow apron. A single drawer withdraws from the apron, this restored at some point with a replaced bottom board (birch) and spliced back of the drawer frame; it is an odd construction method whereby the drawer bottom slides into grooves in the rather wide applied strips on either side of the bottom. The thought process appears to be one where these broad runners can easily slide along the tenon-mortised frame beneath the drawer and only leave the actual drawer bottom exposed from the underside.
With the top removed (attached with later dowels), the intricate construction is visible. The columns join up through the apron with long steel screws and hand cut nuts, locking the complex column into both the apron and the stretcher very firmly. The quality of casting work in the winged figurals and the feet is simply exquisite - note the careful chiseling, the fine details in the wings, the gorgeous finishing work of the eyelids and the full development of the toes/toenails and feet. The vivid grain formation in the stretchers is achieved by cutting the top veneers from the same board so that each leg opposes the other and flows with symmetry. These are supported over brass bun feet.
It is an incredibly fine piece for the passionate collector of Empire period works of art and furniture, a refined strikepoint with poise and presence.
Measurements: 34 1/8” W x 25 7/8” D x 29 3/4” H
Beautifully refinished in the 20th century. Top is restored with old hairline cracks, affixed to frame using later dowels / underside sanded, likely to flatten the plank. Minor veneer patches around apron. Drawer bottom replaced and back of drawer frame spliced.