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A Pair of Antique French Plant Stands with Marble Tops - Belle Epoque

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In the antique furniture glossary, the term Indoor Plant Stands, usually refers to an elongated narrow and relatively high table with a custom top on which something will sit. While originally planned to be used indoors and carry a flowerpot with fern or a vase with flowers, the Plant Stand is commonly used at antique and art galleries, as well as in collectors' drawing rooms, to display small collectible and precious items at human eye level. 

This beautiful pair of antique stands is comprised of two breathtaking elegant French Plant Stands of the period often referred to as the Belle Epoque, with gilt brass mountings and tops made of marble. They were both made circa 1880 in French, probably by the same manufacturer, and represent a mature bon ton luxurious design and excellent craftsmanship.

 

Antique French Plant Stands with Marble Tops - Belle Epoque

בעולם הריהוט העתיק, כשמדברים על מעמד לעציץ Plant Stand, מתכוונים לרהיט יוקרתי שניצב בארמונות מלכי צרפת במאה ה-18 ואחר כך בחדרי האירוח המפוארים של אירופה של המאה ה-19 ועליו היו מניחים חפץ נוי מרשים כגון עציץ שרך משתלשל, כד מעוטר ובו פרחים או פסל יקר ערך. המעמד הדקורטיבי, בשונה משולחן אירוח או הגשה, הוא גבוה יותר בכדי שהמתבונן יוכל לראות את החפץ המונח עליו בגובה העיניים ולהתרשם בהתאם. העיצוב שידר עושר והדר כיאה לרהיט שהפונקציונאליות שלו חשובה פחות יחסית לערך התדמיתי שלו.

המעצבים והיצרנים המובילים בעולם המעמדים הדקורטיבים היו כמובן צרפתים. שני הפריטים הנהדרים המוצגים כאן לפניכם יוצרו בפאריס ברבע האחרון של המאה ה-19 ועיצובם מבטא היטב את רוח ה-בל אפוק Belle Epoque "העידן היפה", ששילב את הקלילות המודרנית עם ההוד וההדר של העבר ובישר את תחילת זרם ה-אר נובו Art Nouveau בעיצוב ובאמנות.

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Tall Antique French Plant Stand - Articulated Mahogany Frame with Octagon Marble Top

 

A Tall Antique French Plant Stand - Articulated Mahogany Frame with Octagon Marble Top - Click to Zoom


Antique French Plant Stand with Marble Top 1 A Tall Antique French Plant Stand - Articulated Mahogany Frame with Octagon Marble Top - Large size photo
 

The tall stand (its height is 40"), has a graceful articulated fluted column legs which end with high saber feet. The bottom tier is a styled diamond shape plate, made of quality mahogany wood with a decorative turned spindle knob in the middle of the plate.

 

The top the Plant Stand is made of cream and honey marble surrounded by a pierced gilt brass gallery

The top tier of the tall Plant Stand is made of cream and honey marble surrounded by a pierced gilt brass gallery in the shape of an octagon (the width of the marble top is 12"). The marble plate sits on an octagon wooden frame with beautiful brass ornaments.

  

Gilt brass ornaments in Ormolu style, mounted on the wooden frame of the Plant Stand marble top - Click to Zoom

Antique French Plant Stand - gilt brass ornament Gilt brass ornaments in Ormolu style, mounted on the wooden frame of the Plant Stand marble top - Large size photo
 

Beautiful gilt brass ornaments in Ormolu style, mounted on the wooden frame of the Plant Stand marble top.

Note that no true Ormolu was produced in France after around 1830 because legislation had outlawed the use of mercury - from the 19th century the term Ormolu has been popularized to refer to gilt metal usually brass or imitation gold.

Height: 3' 3.8"  -  101 cm  -  39.8 in
Width of octagonal marble plant stand top: 11.8"  -  30 cm  -  11.8 in
Wooden frame legs and top: Mahogany and walnut wood
Origin:  French
Manufacturing: French
Age: more than 130 years old (circa 1880) - all wooden and bronze elements as well as the ornamental brass mountings are original and genuine.

Price: Call

 

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Categorizing Antique Furniture Indoor Stands

 

High end indoors Plant Stands are made of four legs of good quality wood, a two tier shaft frame, and have a solid custom marble top which holds the specific plant pot. Typical sizes of plant stands are: height from 30" to 40" and width or diameter of top from 8" to 17".

 

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Antique French Plant Stand - Classic Mahogany Frame with Rounded Marble Top

 

Antique French Plant Stand - Classic Mahogany Frame with Rounded Marble Top - Click to Zoom


Antique French Plant Stand with Marble Top 2 Antique French Plant Stand - Classic Mahogany Frame with Rounded Marble Top - Large size photo
 

This classical well-shaped short Plant Stand (its height is 32") has an elegant straight square profile column legs which end with high slim cabriole feet. The bottom tier is a styled diamond shape plate made of quality wood which can be used for holding a second smaller plant pot or an art object. The top tier is rounded plate of pink gray marble surrounded by a round pierced gilt brass gallery (the diameter of the marble top is 17") which sits on a rounded wooden frame. 

 

Beautiful gilt brass ornament in the classical style of La Belle Epoch fashion on the Plant Stand's top

Beautiful gilt brass ornament in the classical style of La Belle Epoch fashion on the Plant Stand's top.

 

Guit brass decorative mounts on the columns of the antique French Plant Stand Guit brass decorative mounts on the columns of the antique French Plant Stand

Note the similarity between the elongated beads ormolu style decorative mounts on the columns and legs of both stands - real French always go in couples :-).

 

 A Pair of Antique French Plant Stands with Marble Tops - Belle Epoque - Back to List of Antique Furniture

Height: 2' 7.9"  -  81 cm  -  31.9 in
Diameter of rounded marble top: 1' 4.5" -  42 cm -  16.5 in
Wooden frame legs and top: Mahogany and walnut wood
Origin:  French
Manufacturing: French
Age: more than 140 years old (circa 1870) - all wooden and bronze elements as well as the ornamental brass mountings are original and genuine. 

Price: $1400

Item: F1008/12 - Antique French Plant Stands

 

 

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