A gilt-brass two-tier etagére tray French Brass Bar Cart-Side Table
Description: The galleried circular stages inset with glass and on reeded slender turned fluted supports with onion dome finials, bar cart on casters. Its two glass shelves are surrounded by brass galleries, and its top shelf is a removable tray with handles early 20th century, in Louis XVI style
In the Style of: Louis XVI
Date Of Manufacture: 1950’s
Materials: brass & glass
Wear: Wear consistent with age and use
Condition: Excellent vintage condition
Measurements: 26 in. Tall (top of finial) x 17 in. Diameter
Extra Notes: A pretty tolley based on late 18th century French designs.
Brass is an alloy made of copper and zinc; the proportions of zinc and copper can be varied to create a range of brasses with varying properties, and different colour tonalities. It was originally used for decoration for its bright gold-like appearance, reflecting light in the dark houses of the time. During the later part of first millennium BC the use of brass spread across a wide geographical area from Britain and Spain in the West to Iran and India in the East. By the first century BC brass was available in sufficient supply to use as coinage in Phrygia. Brass continued to be made and technically developed under Medieval and renaissance times.
This piece is executed in the Louis XVI style. Louis XVI (1754 –1793) was King of France and Navarre from 1774 until 1791, before his deposition and execution during the French Revolution. His father, Louis, Dauphin of France, was the son and heir apparent of Louis XV of France. Due to the Dauphin’s death in 1765, Louis succeeded his grandfather in 1774. The predominant style in architecture, painting, sculpture, and the decorative arts was Neoclassicism, a style that had come into its own during the last years of Louis XV’s life, chiefly as a reaction to the excesses of the Rococo but partly through the popularity of the excavations at ancient Herculaneum and Pompeii, in Italy, and partly on the basis of Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s call for “natural” virtue and honest sentiment. Again, this is executed in the Louis XVI but was made at a later date.