French Louis XVI Mahogany Dressing Table, 18th Century
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A FINE LOUIS XVI MAHOGANY AND MARBLE INSET GENTLEMAN’S DRESSING TABLE
Circa last quarter of 18th Century
Item # 609BPZ25W
An exceptional dressing table of the finest quality, this exquisite work features the most exhuberant cuts of crotch-mahogany across the apron and top. The center drawer is characterized by billowing and perfectly symmetrical flames of mahogany bowing upwards in a half circle, this flanked on either side by smaller drawers with veneers cut from the same plank - these have been inverted such that they oppose one another perfectly. The bold fluting of the squared corners is further developed in the turned and tapered legs, perfectly graduating with the diameter of the leg and terminating in beautifully cast brass original castors.
The top of the table raises over thick hand forged brass hardware, this running along the upper edge and allowing the entire top to shift forward and backward as desired. A heavy bevelled mirror opposes an inset cararra marble surface. Every aspect of the table is crafted with utmost care and consideration, perfection sought and achieved in the balanced proportions and robust materials. It has been professionally conserved and remains in outstanding condition for the generations to come.
Provenance: Sotheby’s, Sale N01761, Lot 510 (click to view), 14 September 2005; label retained on underside
Measurements: 29 1/4” H x 38 5/8” W x 23 3/4” D
Refinish w/ minor surface scuff and, old cracks. Mirror w/ light scuffs, low-right corner of mirror frame w/ old cracks. No key. Professional conservation including a molding piece above left front leg replaced and tiny brads resecuring others, a strip of mahogany down center of top added to heal old cracks and probable reveneering of center-back panel. In very fine presentation-ready condition.