As is the case with most French Renaissance style furniture, this beautiful stripped oak table with marble top features elaborate sculptural ornamentation. Hand-carved in France in the late 1800’s, the table is rife with Early Renaissance style forms, such as lions, acanthus scrolls, and geometric shapes. The oak wood was recently stripped, allowing the amazing carvings to be showcased.
A one-inch thick dark brown marble, likely “Spanish Emperador”, with cavetto molding sits on top of the beveled base edge that is adorned with a repeating foliate motif. The brown marble has white veining amongst large black and chocolate inclusions that nicely offsets the golden hued wood. Like the top, the base has canted corners which overhang a lion mascaron with a brass ring in the mouth. Each lion’s mane transitions seamlessly into a large acanthus leaf above downward facing gadrooned finials. There are two smaller finials on the apron of each of the shorter sides, underneath niche cutouts surrounded by florets.
All sides have a frieze festooned with acanthus margents surrounding an oval medallion. The aprons of the long sides are both embellished with round crenellation, while the front side décor is flanked by a pair of acanthus S-scrolls with volute hubs. This facade also has a pull-out drawer above the row of bead and reel that encircles the entire base. A pair of baluster form legs with gadrooning over acanthus cups extend into an H-stretcher with four large dolphin feet. The connector is chamfered, with the edges having foliate and geometric shape motifs.
Our stripped oak Renaissance style table with marble top would make a lovely side table in a common area such as a living room. The marble top also allows the table to be used as a writing/laptop desk in an office or bedroom.
CONDITION: Good antique condition with wear commensurate to age and use, including minor nicks and age separations. Minor evidence of old wood worm to stretcher with old repair to molding near marble due to lifting the table by surround (see photos). Base was professionally stripped, leaving traces of original finish.