11103 “LA TABLE DE QUATRE SAISONS” A VERY RARE POLYCHROME CIRCULAR TABLE-TOP EN ÉMAIL SUR LAVE DE VOLVIC DESIGNED BY JACQUES IGNACE HITTORFF AND MANUFACTURED BY HACHETTE ET CIE, RETAINING ITS ORIGINAL CARVED MAHOGANY TABLE BASE Paris. Circa 1833-42. Measurements: Height: 28 1/2″ (72 cm) Diameter: 32 1/4″ (82 cm) Circumference: 101 1/2″ (258 cm).
Of polychrome enameled lava stone. The top decorated with Pompeian style grotesques, birds and medallions representing the four seasons, raised on a mahogany tripod base terminating in paw feet.
Inscribed to the underside:
HACHETTE & COMP.
The base stamped and inscribed:
Kiene, Michael and David Van Zanten. Die Alben Von Jakob Ignaz Hittorff. Köln: Universitäts-und Stadtbibliothek Köln, 2018. Page 84.
The top of the present table, known as the TABLE des quatre SAISONS (Four Seasons Table) represents an exceptionally rare example executed in enameled painting, and fired onto a base of lava stone, a decorative technique championed by the leading Parisian architect of the period, Jacques-Ignace Hittorff (1792-1867) (figure 1).
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