Antique Marble Top Side Table with Brass-Cherry-Hill-NJ-08002
Cherry Hill, NJ
Antique Marble Top Side Table with Brass
•from early 1910 / 1920s
•no noticeable damage
•marble pieces are a good choice, very pretty
•framed in Brass throughout
•beautiful curved legs
approximate dimensions: 32" high x 15" depth x 21" wide
A cast brass and onyx/marble inset two tier occasional table, in the Rococo taste.
The frame with pierced trellis, rocaille and foliate scrollwork motifs, the inset top on cabriole legs joined by an inset undertier.
Rococo style was lavish, but represented a move away from the solemnity of the Baroque period. It was a style punctuated by light colours, organic motifs and asymmetrical designs, capturing the idyllic life of aristocrats.The most important version of Rococo furniture was the Louis XV style, roughly 1723-1774. Like Rococo art, the furniture of this time was more lighthearted, featuring asymmetrical designs and was lots of ornamentation. There was a sense of opulence with the use of lacquers, and furniture frames were conceived as a single, curvaceous line that resulted in elegant designs.
Marble is commonly used for sculpture and as a building material. White marble has been widely used for sculptures since the ancient world. This preference has to do with its softness, which made it easier to carve and a relative resistance to shattering. Also, light penetrates into the stone very slightly which gives it a quality favoured by many sculptors. It is a metamorphic rock composed of recrystallized carbonate minerals, most commonly calcite or dolomite. Marble may be foliated. Geologists use the term "marble" to refer to metamorphosed limestone; however, stonemasons use the term more broadly to encompass unmetamorphosed limestone.
Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc, usually for casting. This combination provides a brilliant colour. However, there are varieties of tone which depends upon the proportion of zinc.
A cabriole leg is a vertical support of a piece of furniture and is shaped in two curves; the upper curve always bows outward, while the lower curve bows inward. The design emerged in Europe in the early 18th century, being incorporated into styles of furniture which were produced in France, England and Holland. It became a defining mark of 18th century furniture and is often associated with the so-called ball and claw foot, characteristic of Queen Anne and Chippendale furniture. In France, the cabriole leg is associated with the Louis XV period of furniture design.