A French 19th Century Napoleon III Period Boulle Center Table
Item # 8836
A spectacular and high quality French 19th century Napoleon III period Ebony, ormolu, brass and tortoise shell tilt top Boulle Center table. The table is raised by impressive S scrolled legs with their original casters. The legs are decorated with stunning foliate ormolu designs and richly chased ormolu grape clusters set on a background of ebony and tortoise shell with inlaid brass designs. The circular central support displays large ormolu acanthus leaves in a rich satin and burnished finish above a most decorative ebony inverted finial and a richly chased female mark. The sensational circular top displays masterfully executed brass inlays of floral and foliate patterns, rinceau and latice designs with fine etching set on an exceptional tortoise shell background. At the border is a richly chased and beautifully detailed ormolu band with swaging garlands, floral reserves and rams horns and tassels. The top tilts after being released by its original mechanism and is finished at the back displaying attractive butterfly splines and all the original hardware.