Exceptionally Fine Pair of French 2nd Empire tortoise-shell boulle Card-Tables
An exceptionally fine pair of French Second Empire (Napoleon III) Boulle Revival card-tables; the hinged and swivelling tops of elaborate serpentine form, enclosing a shaped baize-lined playing surface within broad ebony borders inlaid with cut-brass. The exteriors richly veneered on all surfaces with panels of engraved cut-brass premiere and contra partie arabesque scrollwork on red-foiled tortoiseshell (turtle) grounds, and further applied with gilt-brass borders, bearded masks and foliate mounts on the boldly-shaped cabriole legs. This fine pair of tables, which would have been described a ‘Buhl’ when made, are classic examples of the mid nineteenth century fascination for the ‘ancien regime’.
35.00 ins wide 31.00 ins high 17.50 ins deep
88.90 cms wide 78.74 cms high 44.45 cms deep
All measurements are approximate