Napoleon III Side Table by Alphonse Tahan (1830-80).
The furniture maker Alphonse Tahan (1830-1880) produced this magnificent working table. Tahan was official master cabinetmaker of Napoleon III. The table is a stunning example of Tahan’s exquisite craftsmanship. A wonderful rosewood veneer pattern embellishes the top. And a central Sevres porcelain medallion decorates it additionally. The top lifts to reveal a kingwood veneered, compartmentalized interior, fitted with a mirror and engraved ormolu hinges and lock signed ‘Tahan Paris’.
Alphonse Tahan (1830-1880) was the official ébéniste de l’Empereur or master cabinet maker to Emperor Napoleon III and his wife, the Empress Eugénie. The firm exhibited at The London Crystal Palace Exhibition in 1851 and the Paris Exposition Universelle in 1855, and on both occasions were awarded medals. His work exhibits such quality and is in high demand by collectors and enthusiasts alike. His son, Jean-Pierre-Alexandre Tahan continued the legacy of his father, and his business in Paris was celebrated for its imaginative, exhibition-quality work.
The table measures Height: 27.75 in. (70.49 cm), Width: 15.5 in. (39.37 cm), Depth: 12.25 in. (31.12 cm). It is in very good condition.
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