C1790 Marble topped Louis XVI French Salon Table/Bedside/Wine Table


While these look like bedside tables to 21st century viewers these small marble topped tables predate such things, and were convenient tables for food service. Beds had a chair placed nearby. This example is clearly not a bedside table from birth, as it is double sided, freestanding, although it would serve well as a bedside table today. The working side boasts a drawer and a cupboard concealed with a tambour: a "rollerdoor" of wooden slats. The reverse is decorated with a flight of three faux drawer fronts. The marble top is surrounded by a brass gallery, with the customary dip in the front to facilitate cleaning. There is a useful shelf between the turned legs. Whole is ornamented with brass covered mouldings: bois laiton. The Parisian hardware firm of Renotte's still uses the 19th century machines, now electrified to make new bois laiton. Their manufactory is deeply fascinating, and I am glad to have been shown all around it.


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