Exquisite antique French Restauration period mahogany center hall table with it's original primarily gray and white, decorative as well as functional ribbed edge, marble top and a phenomenal carved three legged, paw footed base. Though we usually have several of these in-stock, this one is the holy grail, creme de la creme, one of the best, this table not only retains its distinctive stone top but, it employs a beaded edge and carvings much better than most. If you like the best, here it is! Whomever designed this fantastic table, did so very intelligently.
The wood is absolutely gorgeous, while the stunning marble top, with its decorative edge, functions as a lip to help keep liquids from running off the top onto the fine carpets or flooring beneath. This table may be utilized as originally intended or it would also function well as a breakfast or games table, too. This is truly a marvelous table, don't miss it!! The stone top has dark gray, white, black and dark red as well as some carmel and brown colors, too. This top offers a plethora of character and a rainbow of organic earthtones. The range is a spectacle unto itself. In a word, amazing!! At the beginning of the Restauration period, under Louis XVIII, furniture was designed still mostly in the Empire style with the difference that the symbols used during the reign of Napoleon I were no longer used for obvious reasons.
A softer version of the Empire style came into vogue at this time in the early 19th century in France. While cabinetmakers continued to employ the strong geometrical patterns of the Empire period they also added a some amount of whimsy and fantasy in their designs. Musical instruments were carved into the legs of small tables and desks. Woods were lighter in both color and density and the art of marquetry returned with decorative flowers, garlands and rosettes, and detailing that highlighted the architecture and geometry of furniture.
Furniture making slowed down due to economic uncertainty and furniture was not a focus of the French kings of this period. Rooms and interiors were being designed with more emphasis on comfort than display and the old way of keeping seat furniture against the walls was abandoned.
Smaller sized pieces of furniture were made with "Bateau" (boat shaped) beds, gondola chairs, and three-legged tables being important items of early nineteenth century French furniture.
The Louis Philippe style in France followed the same general pattern as the furniture of the French Restoration but perhaps with more emphasis on comfort and a darkening of tone.