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This important table has a circular top, with radiating amboyna veneers framed by a gilt-bronze rim of stylised anthemion leaves above four scrolled supports with nymphs to the top, and raised on a concave-sided canted square base mounted with a gilt-bronze stiff leaf rim, and a central blue vase by Samson et Cie.
The original model for this table is attributed to the 18th century Royal cabinet maker Adam Weisweiler and the bronzier Thomire, and was delivered by Rocheux to the Palace of Fontainebleau in 1810 - see J. P. Samoyault, Meubles entrés sous le Premier Empire, p. 248, no. 176.
François Linke acquired a model of the present table at the sale of Maison Millet's stock in 1905. Two years later he produced his first version, listed as no. 1390, complete with a porcelain vase imitating porphyry. Christopher Payne in his book 'François Linke, 1855-1946, The Belle Époque of French Furniture', records Linke as making eight further examples of this table, each with a blue porcelain vase supplied by Samson et Cie. The superbly modelled bronze caryatids to the tops of the scrolled decoration can be attributed to Léon Messagé.
J. P. Samoyault, Meubles entrés sous le Premier Empire, p. 248, no. 176.
|Height||81.00 cm||(31.89 inches)|