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A Biedermeier Birch and Ebonised Centre Table

Austria, Circa 1820

REF No. B76071

dimensions

Height :75 cm | 29¹/₂ in
Diameter :115 cm | 45¹/₄ in

description

A Biedermeier Satin Birch and Ebonised Centre Table.

This handsome centre table has a circular top of beautifully figured birch. It rests on sabre-shaped legs headed by lion-masks holding rings and joined by a loop stretcher modelled as a snake eating its own tail. The lion-paw feet stand on a tripartite platform base.
 
Austria, Circa 1820.

Compare a centre table the blue salon in the west wing at Schloss Corvey, Germany.

The ouroboros is an ancient symbol depicting a serpent or dragon eating its own tail in a closed circle. It means 'tail devourer' in Greek and is known as the oldest allegorical symbol in alchemy, representing the concept of eternity and endless return.

A Biedermeier Birch and Ebonised Centre Table







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