French Louis XVI walnut side table, green marble top surface with geometric cube paneled back splash detailed with brilliant 22-karat mercury gold bronze garlands and classical motifs inspired by Greek and Roman ruins. Drawer in apron rests above marble lined chamber pot cabinet, supported on four circular tapering reeded legs with stretcher shelf terminating in bronze sabots. Mercury gold bronze is rare and is recognized for its finest quality and extraordinary vibrant color. This fire-gilding is an ancient process of gold mercury amalgam exposed to high heat. Mercury gold bronze signed on the rear HF and numbered 39. Found in Le Mobilier Francais Du XIXe Sie`cle by Denise LeDoux-Lebard Initials.
Neoclassical design was inspired by the discovery of ancient Pompeii, returning Greco-Roman style in furniture and architecture. Louis XVI's reign began in 1774 and his queen Marie-Antoinette was a lover of the arts and had much influence over the style. This 18th century design is timeless and elegant, but understated; it will compliment an antique setting, or adds exuberant contrasting highlights to modern and contemporary interior settings.
Place of Origin - France
Style - Neoclassical
Period - Circa 1850
Condition - Excellent, wear consistent with age and use.