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A very interesting centre table commemorating the Paris Treaty between the original thirteen states of the United States of America and Great Britain ending the American Revolution or War of Independence in 1783


France, or possibly the United States of America, 1886, signed and dated, Camurri Enrico Fece l’anno ‘86

Walnut, maple, burr maple and poplar, in the centre of the top pictorial inlays with various woods and ivory showing British and American negotiators, surrounded by four oval scenes of triumphal chariots with classical gods, drawn by horses, cockerels and a dragon, interspersed with bellflower vines, resting on marquetry inlaid octagonal baluster column with four sculptured sea creatures as its legs.

H. 70 x W. 143 x D. 112 cm

The decoration of the negotiators is loosely based on Benjamin West’s unfinished 1783-84 painting ‘American Commissioners of the Preliminary Peace Negotiations with Great Britain’ (in the Winterthur Museum). The table commemorates 100 years of independence of the United States of America. The style of the table is French Charles X, early 19th century, and no longer fashionable in France in 1886. Therefore, it could very well be an American made table.

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