Made from walnut wood, walnut veneer and bronze dore embellishments, this large round table was produced in France at the end of 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 had a refined elegance, exhibiting stylistic cues from 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 period, 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 gilt rosettes and other rectangular-shaped flora. Gold paint compliments the base, as seen along the large scrolling bracket legs that emanate from the column. The acanthus leaves and scrollwork of these thick legs sets this table apart from other round formal tables from France. The base makes for a visually stunning overall impression.
The hand polished top has triangular walnut veneers, arranged in pie match pattern with a solid block border. In between each section, is a contrasting darker section of grain. The apron is embellished with a series of rosette medallions, foliate/floral horizontal margent and ebonized insets that are adorned with large rosette medallions.
A large formal table such as this would have been commissioned for a sizeable and important residence (a Chateau) around the year 1830, just as the Louis Philippe period was beginning.
CONDITION: Good antique condition with wear commensurate to age and use. Minor nicks, rubs and slight lifting to veneer on tabletop and minor loss of paint to the legs. One leg has been professionally repaired. Once in the home, the top bolts into the base for stability (bolts included)