C.1850 Napoleon III black papier mache tilt top table from France is inlaid with mother of pearl in the intricate design surrounding the top as well as accents within. Beautiful painting of a young boy feeding the birds with a large tray on an elegant garden stairway. The inlay takes on shimmering accents in tones of white, pink, green, lavender and amber.
Mother of pearl is incorporated into the painted scene which gives a striking moonlit effect. The hand painted combination gives a more faint view visible for distant objects such as the trees and floral in the background. Gilt scroll painting on the three legs and pedestal. Tilts with the aid of a sturdy brass knob beneath.
All mother of pearl intact, the painting preserved perfectly as well. Slight warp to the top with age but table extremely sturdy and strong especially for a 168 year old table. A very small line on papier mache top was probably a minor crack in the papier mache only, years ago, and expertly repaired. One of the three sides of the cylinder which holds the legs was cracked many years prior and repaired as well.
Measures 18 W X 18 L X 24 H when open, 33 H when upright.
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