Under the direction of King Louis XVI and his court, French tables of the late 18th century followed certain guidelines, several of which can be seen on this parcel painted side table. Hand-carved in France during the early 1900’s, the small table features a one inch thick circular marble top with a chamfered edge. The lovely rose stone has gold inclusions and black veining, resting atop a thick apron adorned with a cabochon and foliate motif set between two rings of small niches.
Carved rectangles embellished with a large leaf separate the apron into four segments. Emerging from the bottom of these joints are four fluted and tapering legs wrapped in an acanthus cup beneath gadrooning. Each leg terminates in an onion foot beneath a small rectangular floret which is the joint for the sinuous X-stretcher. The arms of the stretcher have chamfered top edges and are arranged in a pinwheel form. A floral margent runs from the outer end of each arm to a pot au feu finial festooned with an acanthus cup body under deep fluting.
The wood has a parcel paint finish, with traces of tan colored wood visible under the unevenly distributed white paint. Our Louis XVI style table with marble top can be used as a side table in a den or living room or as a center table to an entry hall.
CONDITION: Good antique condition with fleabites and slight losses to marble. Minor age separations to the base and fissuring to the marble. Traces of existing repairs.