9989 A VERY RARE POLYCHROME CIRCULAR TABLE-TOP PAINTED WITH A PORTRAIT OF LOUIS-PHILIPPE EN ÉMAIL SUR LAVE DE VOLVIC DESIGNED BY JACQUES IGNACE HITTORFF AND MANUFACTURED BY HACHETTE ET CIE Paris. Circa 1833-42. Measurements: Diameter: 34 1/2″ (87.6 cm) Depth: 3/5″ (1.5 cm).
Of polychrome enameled lava stone. With silver highlights and metal encased edge. One hairline fracture, repaired and stabilized.
This roundel represents an exceptionally rare example of a table-top 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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