Pair French Napoleon III Ebonized Brass Mounted Jardinieres Gueridons
This pair of Napoleon III period (mid-late nineteenth century) ebonzed jardinieres have a circular top with pierced brass gallery, with three shaped legs with mounts depicting birds clenching swags of chain, stretcher with turned finial and additional mounts and swag chains, and are distinguished for their extraordinary hand-painted wooden lids that depict song birds in nature, surrounded by a ribbon of inlaid marquetry with mother of pearl, with pair of brass handles. Each measures approximately 32" tall and 17.5" across. Condition of each is very good. There are visible cracks, scratches and nicks, consistent with age. The painted lids are in very good condition, but would benefit from a gentle cleaning. There is black glue or tar residue on one lid that should be cleaned. There are no metal liners. Each are structurally sound, and their beautiful lids allow their use as side tables. This is the most impressive pair of French ebonized jardinieres we've seen in over ten years.