19th Century Vienna Gilt Wood and Porcelain Parlor Table
This rare Viennese table has a round top inset throughout with hand painted porcelain plaques with a decorative cobalt blue and gilt border. The large center medallion is marked on verso with a Beehive imprint for Vienna, and incised “Austria” and “Erbluht,” and is surrounded by 12 smaller medallions mounted in gilded copper alloy frames. The top rests on the three cabriole legs with shell carved knees joined by cross stretchers with a central finial post. The perimeter of the table top, the apron, and the legs feature carved gallery, cartouches, and scroll ornaments.
The table was structurally sound, although there was systemic delaminating of gesso throughout the whole piece. Prior repairs were evident, and many were failing. There were sections of detached carving that had been re-glued and were not in alignment with the overall composition. All sections of gilding were repaired with bronzing powders.
All surfaces were cleaned to remove residues from oils, dirt, and any improper repairs including bronze paint. The areas of detached gesso were reattached, and exposed wood and gesso were in-filled. The new gilding matched existing color, karat and sheen. Existing gilded sections were coated for protection and detectable under ultra violet light.