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A CHARLES X EGLOMISE MARQUETRY CIRCULAR CENTRE TABLE 

Origin: France
Circa Date: 1830
Stock No: F3D0074
Location: New York
Dimensions:
H: 29.1 in (74.0 cm)
D: 38.2 in (97.0 cm)
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A fine and rare Charles X rosewood circular centre
table, the top inlaid with a stylised floral
vitruvian scroll. At the centre is an outstanding
verre eglomise panel decorated with neo-classical ornament and a border of vine leaves. The top has a reeded edge with a frieze below inlaid with floral marquetry and paterae standing on a hexagonal baluster stem in rosewood with boxwood stringing. The whole supported by three claw feet.

Verre eglomise is a term applied to a process of decorating glass from the reverse with metal foil, usually gold or silver, engraved with pictorial or geometric designs. The technique was known as early as the 3rd century BC in Alexandria and was widely used throughout the Roman Empire and in early Christian times.
This gold glass decoration became associated in France during the 18th century with a designer, framer and great collector of art works, Jean Baptiste Glomy (died 1786). From his house on the rue de Bourbon he was credited with inventing a method of framing prints with black and gold fillets painted from behind the glass. Thus his name became arbitrarily linked to a much older process, that in this early 19th century table has reached the height of sophistication, with varying tones of gold and mottled greens and greys framing an elaborate central design on a porphyry ground.

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