French Bronze and Forged Iron Table of MARIE ANTOINETTE
Extremely Rare French Iron and Bronze table from late 17 th century with hand wrought legs and cast forged bronze detail set to the frame by way of stud forged nails. The whole piece looks to be all original, with a fitted oak top panel complemented by a cast bronze of Maria Antoinette, which also has been hand tooled into the bronze. The plaque shows age but has been cleaned at times throughout the years. A glass top not shown, has heavy wear chips and scratches throught but could be replaced with a new beveled top to complet this work of art.The portrait resemblance of the painting by Elisabeth Viefee LeBrun of The Queen of France in her Chemise a la Reine from the year 1783.When the Painting was sent to be exhibited at the Salon of Paris, it createt such a scandalous viewing that it was forced to be withdrawn. It was mentioned that Marie Anroinette allowed herself to be painted in her undergarments, subjecting herself to unbecoming character flaws for a queen.This bronze is verry much an indication of how the artist used historical art of the time period that attributes this fine metal placque. The workmanship and detail indicate this piece was for a special clientele of high status. Do notice how the blacksmithing at foot of leg, and throughout, have been tooled to perfection. This work was done by an exceptionaly talented tradesman that used his skills, and give evidence to the time period this piece was created.