Museum-quality Empire salon table 1810,sold

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Empire salon table 1810
Empiretisch Frankfurt um 1810 Kirschbaum
350Millionen Jahre alte Steinplatte
Blütenmarketerie Empiretisch
Intarsien Kirschbaumtisch Empire

Museum-quality cherrywood salon table from the Empire

Frankfurt around 1810

Workshop: Johann Valentin Raab

Cherry wood veneered on oak body with inlaid original red marble top, marked: “Unika”, Villmar quarry

(350 million years old).

Delicate inlays in the form of flower tendrils in the surrounding frame. Retracted pedestal decorated with a stylized crown.

Rare Empire table from a complete Empire period salon.

Height: 74 cm Diameter: 84 cm

Empire salon table 1810

This Empire table is undoubtedly a rarity and an absolute solitaire.

The unmistakable Empire style is reflected in this table through delicate inlay work in the frame in the form of flowers, leaves and tendrils that are inlaid into the cherry wood. The frame edge of the table top is also made of cherry wood and contains the ancient, 350 million year old marble slab which comes from the “Unika” quarry near Frankfurt. A wooden structure is located below the stone top – the retracted shelf also serves to stabilize the table.

On the lower pedestal there is a small base made of ebonized pearwood with a vase placed on top of which there is a stylized crown whose ebonized volutes underline the naturalistic nature of this table.

The Empire salon table 1810 is in authentic original condition with no additions in patina.

The stone slab is ground and polished and in museum condition.

At that time, Frankfurt had two workshops that could be used for this work.

We attribute this table and the other associated furniture to the workshop of Johann Valentin Raab.

Unfortunately, hardly any documents on the master plans of the carpenters’ guild have been preserved in the archives in Frankfurt.

We therefore refer to the specialist literature available to us.

Villmar quarry

Rare stone slab from the Unika quarry in Villmar from the “Unika” quarry in the Lahn-Dill district

The Lahn Marble Museum is located in Villmar and provides information about this stone slab.
It comes from the famous “Unica” quarry, which can be viewed there on a large, smooth-sawn and polished wall. This museum offers a unique insight in the world into a Middle Devonian stromatopore reef in a living position and especially this marble, which clearly shows stromatopores, corals, sea lilies, cephalopods, snails and brachiopods in this table top.

The Lahn marble is known for its wide range of colors.

The red in its many shades can be traced back to volcanism.

Iron-rich water from volcanic springs flowed over reefs and crevices, deposited hematite and left behind the red of oxidized iron in all its nuances in the white limestone.

Black and gray tones emerged where dark clay settled with the limestone or where carbon, for example from the lagoons of the back reef, penetrated the limestone…

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To give a little more originality you could pair this table with some Empire candlesticks.

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