An important 19th century exhibition quality giltwood bijouterie table by Trollope & Sons, with original trade label.
Width is 34.75 inches, depth is 22.75 inches and height is 31 inches.
For metric please multiply by 2.5
Oak with carved and gilded rococo decoration and elegant wavy cross stretchers with raised carved finial. The gilding original and in excellent condition for age and the glass original also with a few fine scratches, visible only under a strong light when the top is lifted. Original lock with working key and original crushed rose velvet lining, the nap with some impressions from earlier contents but these could be lifted out in our view.
A particularly skillful cabinet maker, George Trollope opened his shop in Parliament Street, London in around 1780. By 1843 the Company had grown in stature and reputation and his two sons had joined him in the business. He re-registered the Company as George Trollope & Sons and opened a large new showroom, called The Museum of Decorative Art in Belgravia. The showroom proved a huge attraction and their fine work was greatly sought after. The Company had many wealthy and well known patrons including members of the aristocracy, politicians and high profile international clients.
Trollope & Sons work is considered to be at least equal in quality and craftsmanship to makers such as Holland & Sons, Wright and Mansfield and the interiors of J G Crace.
George Trollope exhibited to great acclaim at the Crystal Palace Exhibition in 1851 and at the International Exhibition in 1862 - winning awards and numerous commissions.
The gilding of furnishings dates back over 4000 years. Once carved, layers of 23 karat gold leaf were applied to the table to give the impression that it is made of solid gold. Such pieces are rare and are sought after, many being held in museum collections.
This beautiful bijouterie table is in complete and original condition with no worm, damage or repairs. It is a rare and exemplary piece made at the pinnacle of Trollope and Sons cabinet work.