A Napoleon III ormolu-mounted mahogany and parquetry card-table
A Napoleon III ormolu-mounted mahogany and parquetry card-table

BY WASMUSS FRRES, PARIS, CIRCA 1860

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A Napoleon III ormolu-mounted mahogany and parquetry card-table
By Wasmuss Frres, Paris, Circa 1860
The rectangular fold-over top with rounded corners, inlaid with a parquetry panel, opening to reveal a gilt-tooled tan-coloured leather playing surface, with panelled parquetry-inlaid sides, on circular tapering fluted legs, each with foliate collar and foot, the back legs pulling out and enclosing a games compartment, stamped twice to the edge WASMUSS
Closed: 29 in. (79.3 cm.) high; 34 in. (87 cm.) wide; 17 in. (43.8 cm.) deep
Open: 34 in. (87 cm.) square

Lot Essay

The firm of Wasmuss Frres was established in Paris in 1810. Under the direction of Henri-Lonard, they received much recognition for their high quality furniture in the 18th century style. From 1853, the business traded from 146, rue du Faubourg-Saint-Denis and supplied furniture to the European royal houses. The business ceased in 1868.

A fine quality bureau cylindre, stamped Wasmuss, incorporating similar diamond parquetry to the present table, and formerly in the collection of the Earls of Lonsdale at Lowther Castle, was sold in these rooms, 26 February 1998, lot 502.
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