French 19th Century Renaissance St. Rouge Griotte And Ormolu Side Tables
Item # 8608
A superb quality and impressive pair of French 19th century Renaissance st. Rouge Grotto marble and ormolu candelabras converted into low side tables, by the Barbedienne Foundry. Each is raised by ormolu pawed feet below the marble fluted based decorated with chased ormolu trim. The ormolu socle has a laurel wreath and foliate chased borders. The marble body is richly decorated by a central masculine mask below a shell. Acanthus leaf ormolu handles join the masks with swaging ormolu laurel garlands. At the neck are scrolling acanthus leaf mounts. The thick glass tops are centered by an ormolu rosette. All original gilt.
Ferdinand Barbedienne (1810 – 1892), a renowned French Bronzier. Between 1850 and 1854 his firm, Barbedienne, provided furnishings in the Renaissance Revival style for the Hôtel de Ville, Paris. They received numerous medals at the International Exhibitions, including medals in three different classes at the International Exhibition of 1862 in London.