11543 A MOST UNUSUAL “ILLUSIONISTIC” PARQUETRY CIRCULAR TILT-TOP CENTER TABLE Probably Buenos Aires. Mid- Nineteenth Century. Measurements: Diameter: 41 3/4″ (106 cm) Height: 28 1/2″ (72.3 cm).
The circular tilt-top with alternating probably ebony and maple wood radial inlaid pattern, with an angular geometric crossbanded inlaid border. The underside of the top with a central inlaid floral marquetry medallion. The top raised on a turned baluster stem inlaid with alternating striped veneer, raised on three shaped legs terminating in scrolled feet.
Inscribed to the underside:
BENITO DEVOTO y CIA.
This table, of tilt-top form, bears in its top an abstract, illusionistic and even surreal, marquetery design of astonishingly fine detail. Notably, the top’s inlaid design is predictive of the complex geometry found in 20th century decorative arts such as in the works of Bridget Riley (born 1931) and Victor Vassareli (1906 – 1997). Very unusually, the marquetry inlay even extends to the back/underside of the top as well as the stem of the table’s base.
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