An elegant, French kidney-shaped Louis XV table (table à rognon). The solid mahogany tabletop is made of one panel. The frieze of the tabletop features a small drawer with a gilt bronze knob. The whole is supported by four elegant, curved tapered legs that end in gilt bronze nuggets. Between the table’s legs a shelf of veneered mahogany with a raised edge, which follows the shape of the top.
The table bears a maker’s mark on the left front. It is, illegible, however. The JME guild stamp can be clearly distinguished.
The table style is comparable to the work of Canabas. This furniture maker, a native of Germany with the official name Joseph Gengenbach (1712-1797), became a master in Paris on April 1, 1766. He was praised for his simple but elegant craftmanship. His stylish furniture was mainly made with mahogany.
This "Table Rognon" dates from the Louis XV period. The name refers to the kidney-shaped top of such tables. The reference to beans (haricots) is also often made. These tables were always small in size and were produced for various purposes.
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