French Empire gilded bronze and mahogany plateau cocktail table, gilded bronze plateau with intricately pierced gilded bronze gallery gilded gallery surrounding a mirrored top surface, supported on a mahogany base with shapely legs adorned with classical French Empire gilded bronze mounts. Bronze is "after" Pierre-Philippe Thomiere (1751-1840), Bronze caster and engraver to the emperor Napoleon.
The French Empire style is considered an evolution of the Neoclassical period; this impressive design was promoted by Napoleon Bonaparte, influenced by war and ancient Greek and Roman architecture. Napoleon was a fierce military leader who crowned himself 1st emperor of France, notorious for commanding wars and controlling many important parts of Europe. Furniture and accessories of this period often used militaristic elements; symbols of war and victory such as the golden eagle, palm leaves, laurel wreaths, and the initial “N”. The Egyptian campaign inspired major Egyptian ornamentation such as obelisks, sphinxes, and pyramids. Extraordinary veneers, gilded bronze, and marble also characterized this period furniture. This important style became popular and was soon adopted across the courts of Europe. Today classic French design is timeless and elegant, complimenting a traditional setting or adding exuberant contrasting highlights to modern and contemporary interiors.
Place of Origin: France
Period: Circa 1860
Dimensions: (23.875"H, 33.25"W, 24"D)
Condition: Excellent antique condition
Wear: Consistent with age