Period Russian neoclassical table with original planter insert. Attributed to Heinrich Gambs. Ebony and figured birch, brass inlay. Top bearing family monogram. Original ormolu mounts. Tables such as this were used as both side or console tables and were planted with spring bulbs. What a wonderful “Paper White” display it could make in the winter months. Notes: The repeated rosettes of the edge of the top, the caryatid mounts and distinctive fan-shaped motif to the frieze are all characteristics of the German-born cabinet-maker Heinrich Gambs, who was based in St. Petersburg from the 1780’s and supplied extensively to the Imperial court, often in collaboration with the designer Andrei Voronikhin. Provenance: Christie’s, Living with Art February 7, 2015.
Height: 33 in. (83.82 cm)
Width: 34.5 in. (87.63 cm)
Depth: 21 in. (53.34 cm)
Style: Neoclassical (Of the Period)
Materials and Techniques: Brass, Ormolu, Birch, Ebony
Place of Origin: Russia
Period: Early 19th Century
Date of Manufacture: 1800
Refinished. Wear consistent with age and use.