Table de Milieu in steel and gilt-bronze, Paris late 18th century attributed to Jaques-Antoine Courbin.
An exceptional Directoire period table in steel and gilt-bronze. On a united X-formed stretcher raised on gilt-bronze block feet. The sides with curved steel and centered by gilt bronze discs, under a rectangular steel frieze with a verde antico marble top.
Furniture in steel are very rare. They became popular in the late 18th century and mostley manufactured by Parisian locksmits. Often the furniture has a aesthetic and a timeless design quite different from other furitures at the time. Working the steel was a difficult and time consuming prosess witch made these furniture mutch more expencive than others in wood or bronze. These steel furniture was therefore only for a small velthy clientel.
Jaques-Antoine Courbin hade his workshop on Rue Croix-des-Petits-Champs. He was appointed Serrurier du Roi, locksmith to the King and delivered furniture in steel to the royal court. One of the known orders was for beds in steel for the castle Versailles, commissioned by Queen Marie-Antoinette in the late 18th century.
Provenance: Galerie Ariane Dandois, Paris
W. 95,5 cm H. 72,5 cm. D 56 cm
Excellent condition, minor wear consistent with age.