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Small Table Regency Bronze Black Marble England \'800.

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  • Description
    The table is supported by a central baluster in gilded and partially burnished bronze. On the trilobate base, equipped with brass wheels, rest the heads of three dolphins, from whose nostrils gushes of water come out while the serpentine bodies twist together to form a real structural element. The octagonal top, equipped with a sail mechanism, is in black marble, placed on the mahogany structure and has a gilt bronze rim worked with leaf and phytomorphic motifs. The table in question belongs to the English production, made in the second quarter of the nineteenth century. The idea of dolphins with tails wrapped around a trident is present on a frame of the Temple of Neptune in Rome and taken up by it in a typically neoclassical key. Among the various artists who embarked on the Grand Tour, this bas-relief undoubtedly struck Charles Heathcote Tatham, of which we know a drawing, dated 1795 and now preserved in the Victoria & Albert Museum, in which the famous architect reinterpreted the fragment. It is a model that had a good fortune during the nineteenth century in England. Among the closest examples, the fountain of Venus in the gardens of Osborne House, near the Isle of Wight, must absolutely be remembered: the raised basin is in fact supported by dolphins, also in this case used as a real structural element. The fountain was designed for Prince Albert, consort of Queen Victoria, by his artistic consultant Ludwig Grüner. Grüner was active for a long time for the royal family, so much so that he conceived the design of a pair of vases given by the prince consort to the queen on the occasion of her birthday in 1856, whose executive part of the glass part was entrusted to Jennens & Bettridge. The two partners were known in particular for their works in papier mâche (papier-mâché), also active for important clients, their production is varied and is characterized by high quality, often made in collaboration with other artists, including the aforementioned Grüner. In this regard, it should be noted the publication of a coffee table whose top in papier mâche is signed by Jennens & Bettridge, whose base is completely identical to ours. Despite this information available today, we do not have reliable data that would allow us to dispel the doubts about the production of the coffee table.
  • More Information
    Origin: England
    Period: 19th Century
    Materials: bronze, black marble
    Condition: Good.
    Styles / Movements: Regency, Traditional
    Dealer Reference #: antatv0105962
    Incollect Reference #: 513976
  • Dimensions
    W. 21.06 in; H. 31.1 in; D. 24.02 in;
    W. 53.5 cm; H. 79 cm; D. 61 cm;
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