Pietra dura and ormolu guéridon by Barbedienne

By Barbedienne, Ferdinand (French, 1810-1892)

£28,000

This beautiful and unusual guéridon by Barbedienne features a remarkable Empire style ormolu frame and a beautiful pietra dura inlaid marble tabletop.

 

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Description

This unusual table is comprised of an ormolu frame and a pietra dura inlaid marble top. The frame, by Ferdinand Barbedienne, is of the distinctive Empire style. The table features three curved ormolu legs, each terminating in a paw foot and culminating in an Egyptian-inspired winged-Sphinx capital—the motifs of ancient Egypt often appearing in the Empires style. Each leg is joined by a highly ornate foliate scrolled stretcher, and the three legs are set atop a trefoil ormolu base.

The legs support the tabletop, which is encompassed by a gadrooned ormolu border. The top, of black marble, is adorned with pietra dura, or inlaid stone: in this instance, green, pink, blue, and red variegated stones inlaid to produce a floral bouquet, the delicacy and precision of which is remarkable.

The base is signed ‘F. Barbedienne Paris’.

Details

Artist / Maker
By Barbedienne, Ferdinand (French, 1810-1892)
Country of Origin
French
Date of Manufacture
Late 19th Century
Period
Late 19th Century
Style
Empire
Material
Marble, Ormolu (Gilt Bronze), Pietra Dura
Colour
Black, Gold, Multi-coloured

Dimensions

Height
77 cm / 30.3 inches
Width
74 cm / 29.1 inches
Depth
74 cm / 29.1 inches

Reference:
16446

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