Early 19th Century Biedermeier Golden Karelian Satin Birch Burr Centre Table
A breathtaking, superior and unique antique Continental masterpiece in beautiful condition. Made in Russia in the first half of the 19th Century from the finest golden Karelian birch, this incredible Biedermeier centre table with ebonised columns is a statement piece par excellence. You could quite imagine this wonderful centre table gracing a vestibule, reception hall or ballroom in the finest stately homes and palaces of Tolstoy's Russia, and it would make an exquisite and astounding addition to any contemporary home.
Russian-made in the first half of the 19th Century when the Biedermeier style of furniture was sweeping through the European continent, it's made from Finnish Karelian Birch burr wood, one of the most distinctive and rare woods in the world thanks to the unique soils of the small area of Karelia in Finland (formerly a 19th Century Grand Duchy of Russia) that produces this beautifully grained birch wood.
Biedermeier furniture was the precursor and inspiration for the Art Deco furniture movement and you can quite see why with this exquisite piece. With its striking and unapologetically impressive look, its large size, bold shapes of geometric curves and statuesque right angles and its wonderfully contrasting shimmering gold and black colouring, this is an incredible example of truly superior antique European furniture, featuring mouthwatering bygone master craftsmanship.
Reassuringly substantial and heavy, it features a large and deep layered circular table top with stunning tri-symmetrical grain, secured to the unique and standout feature of six beautiful square leg columns with ebonised detailing, which attach to the gorgeous rounded six-point-star base above ebonised feet. It's finished in a spectacular golden lacquer that shimmers under light, making this already extraordinary piece even more mesmerizing and regal.
Almost undoubtedly unique, we've not seen one of the same design and this was almost certainly custom made for one of the finest houses in the Russian Empire. It's a privilege to even look at it up close, let alone use or own it and it’s even more of a rarity to find it in the UK, having been recently imported from Russia.
This is in wonderful antique condition. Structurally sound and sturdy, the base, legs and top are all joined together and have no wobbles, chips or breaks. There are some minor nicks and wear to the lacquer and some very minor fissures in the woodwork joins, as you'd expect with an antique piece of this age, but overall it’s in beautiful condition. It’s an exquisite example of bygone European finery that has aged superbly in the last two centuries and it should last several more if well looked after - please see the photos.
Height - 75.5cm/29.7inches, Width - 96cm/37.8inches, Depth - 96cm/37.8inches, Estimated weight - 25-30kgs.