A superb set of three Syrian Damascus occasional tables Circa 1880 in date.
Thesquare parquetry tables are exquisitely crafted in hardwood with wonderful inlaid decoration comprising, ebony, walnut, various fruitwoods and mother of pearlwith panels inlaid with Arabic script on plank supports.
If features further inlay with chequer banding and foliate marquetry.
An English Collection of Works of Art
Add a some interest to your home with these lovely tables.
In excellent condition having been cleaned and polished, please see photos for confirmation of condition.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 62 x Width 46 x Depth 46-Large
Height 52 x Width 36 x Depth 36-Medium
Height 46 x Width 29 x Depth 29-Small
Dimensions in inches:
Height 2 foot x Width 1 foot, 6 inches x Depth 1 foot, 6 inches-Large
Height 1 foot, 8 inches x Width 1 foot, 2 inches x Depth 1 foot, 2 inches-Medium
Height 1 foot, 6 inches x Width 11 inches x Depth 11 inches-Small
Our reference: 09460
is decorative artistry where pieces of material (such as wood, mother of pearl, pewter, brass silver or shell) of different colours are inserted into surface wood veneer to form intricate patterns such as scrolls or flowers.
The technique of veneered marquetry had its inspiration in 16th century Florence. Marquetry elaborated upon Florentine techniques of inlaying solid marble slabs with designs formed of fitted marbles, jaspers and semi-precious stones. This work, called opere di commessi, has medieval parallels in Central Italian "Cosmati"-work of inlaid marble floors, altars and columns. The technique is known in English as pietra dura, for the "hardstones" used: onyx, jasper, cornelian, lapis lazuli and colored marbles. In Florence, the Chapel of the Medici at San Lorenzo is completely covered in a colored marble facing using this demanding jig-sawn technique.
Techniques of wood marquetry were developed in Antwerp and other Flemish centers of luxury cabinet-making during the early 16th century. The craft was imported full-blown to France after the mid-seventeenth century, to create furniture of unprecedented luxury being made at the royal manufactory of the Gobelins, charged with providing furnishings to decorate Versailles and the other royal residences of Louis XIV. Early masters of French marquetry were the Fleming Pierre Golle and his son-in-law, André-Charles Boulle, who founded a dynasty of royal and Parisian cabinet-makers (ébénistes) and gave his name to a technique of marquetry employing shell and brass with pewter in arabesque or intricately foliate designs.
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