Three-Legged Table

Artist:early 19th century German manufacture

Date:1800-1815 circa

Geographic area :Germany

Technique:carved wood inlaid with tortoise shell, brass, and pewter


This Louis XIV style table displays a refined pewter and brass inlay in the Boulle manner. On the tabletop, two medallions depicting followers of Bacchus riding leopards, enclosed in frames of arabesque ribbons based on Jean Berain’s designs (1637-1711). Cherubs play with tame birds and move towards flower pots set on the frames and enveloped in vines; Arcadian sphinxes are perched on antique tripods.