Made from painted walnut wood, walnut veneer and bronze dore embellishments, this large round chateau table was produced in France during the Restoration period, circa 1830.
The Bourbon Restoration is the 15-year period of recovery following the defeat of Napoleon. After Napoleon’s final defeat during the Hundred Years War, France was returned to a monarchy and ruled by a pair of brothers from the House of Bourbon, Louis XVIII and Charles X. Under their reign, furniture became less gaudy, concentrating on refined elegance, often utilizing techniques once practiced in ancient Rome and Greece. The use of dark wood insets, bronze rosettes, rinceaux and beading are all staples of the Restoration style that can be found on this table.
Another element seen in our table that is typical of the Restoration style is the use of a central column for the base. Our column is mostly made from walnut veneer panels that have been adorned with several rows of bronze dore beading and an egg and dart pattern. There are also several medallions of rosettes and other rectangular-shaped flora that are made from dore. The central area of the column has two rounded rings of walnut wood that has been painted a light gold color. The painted walnut wood can also be seen on the four scrolled bracket legs that emanate from the column. Once again, the legs are mostly walnut veneer, except for gold painted walnut embellishments that feature acanthus leaves and scrollwork.
The top is also made mostly out of veneer, arranged in pie match pattern with a solid block border. The apron is embellished with a series of rosette medallions, foliate/floral horizontal margent and ebonized insets that are adorned with large rosette medallions.
CONDITION: Wear commensurate to age and use. Minor nicks and rubs to tabletop and minor loss of paint to the legs. One leg has been professionally repaired. The top bolts into the base for stability.