Hand-carved in France, circa 1850, this parcel gilt side table with breche marble top is from the Napoleon III period. Sometimes referred to as “Second Empire style”, a hallmark of the period, which incorporates motifs from numerous periods, is to utilize all existing space; you will notice the abundance of Neoclassical motifs and highly painted wood sections.
The 18 ½ inch diameter breche marble top features a beautiful mosaic of cream, brown, gold, black, and beige markings. It is inset within the wooden base which has been embellished with a gesso foliate ring border. The wood has been painted cream with parceled areas of gilt, giving the table added appeal. There are four cabriole legs with scrolled feet that are connected by a geometric stretcher with concave sides and a thin raised molding that surrounds a caned middle section. Each leg is topped by a square floret above a laurel leaf margent. A ring of beading over spiral fasces adorns the apron, which also has a pair of fantastically carved floral garlands between each leg.
Our Napoleon III parcel gilt side table is a versatile item that can be placed in a living room near chairs or a sofa. The circular table would also make a great center table for a small entryway.
CONDITION: Good antique condition with fleabites and light rubs to marble top. Slight nicks and losses to wood and circular gesso. Old repair to the gesso near the top with a recent restoration to a garland beneath the apron.