Ref#T-467 | Description
The moulded inset marble top inside a leveled eared frieze adorned with ormolu clasps, above scalloped apron inlaid with double veneer fillet and ornamented with central gilt ormolu flower bouquet cartouche. Each circular curved corner decorated with curtain style gilt ormolu pendant mounts
The apron rests on an elaborate richly chiseled four gilt-ormolu acanthus scrolled griffin head winged mythological creatures legs connected with a concave scalloped veneer inlaid stretcher centered with an ormolu pine cone with foliate base and raised on bun feet.
This extraordinary coffee table is part of a set including side tables completing the elegant touch to your place.
Régence Style Furniture
Régence or French Regency refers to an era in early 18th-century France, when Philippe, the duke of Orléans, ruled the country for his grand-nephew, Louis XV who was only five years old when he inherited the throne. The Régence period officially ran from 1715-1723, though as is typical with antique furniture periods - the Régence style is most often applied to a slightly broader time range: the 1710s to around 1730.
Régence is actually a transitional style that bridges the gap between the Baroque that characterized Louis XIV's reign and the Rococo that flourished after Louis XV assumed power. Furniture became much lighter during this period, quite a bit more delicate and sinuous in shape, with curved chair backs and bulging panels. It also became quite a bit more ornate. For example, Bombé and serpentine-shaped chests, loose-cushioned armchairs, and the use of caning all developed during this period.
The Régence style characterized with Slender, cabriole legs, Ornate feet, such as hoof feet, Ormolu and marble accents, Walnut or oak used for the body of pieces; walnut and rosewood surface veneers, ythological creatures such as monsters and dragons, Chinoiserie, florals, shells and Prominent use of C- and S-shaped scrolls. In some cases all of these characteristics are present, while in other pieces they were used in varying combinations that point toward Régence when a piece is being examined. (Troy Segal)
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