C1770 Louis XVI Mahogany Bouillotte “Wine” Table


This circular bouillotte table is on the cusp: Louis XV/Louis XVI period, but is a style we would associate more with Louis XVI. It has neoclassical legs in the form of inverted fluted columns. The legs terminate in brass sabot. The drum contains two drawers, and two leather topped candle slides. The brass gallery surrounds the Carrara marble top. These tables, and the characteristic bouillotte lamps (with a saucer for gambling chips and an adjustable tole shade) take their name from the card game. This mirrors the familiar Victorian oval Loo table, which also takes its name from a card game.

64 cm diameter and 70 cm tall. Note: real bouillotte tables are dining table height, unlike the myriad later copies that are coffee table height.

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