1960's Large Gold Leaf Coffee Table, Corinthian Base & Glass Top Attributed to James Mont for sale
Item ID: 399058
This beautifully adorned custom gold leaf coffee table features a glass top, Corinthian base, and hand decorated edge. A truly captivating one of a kind table.
The base consist of two Roman style pieces made out of plaster and covered with gold leaf, each one of them have a very intricate design.
The bases can be arranged in different positions depending on your taste, they can seat next to each other or place one on each end of the top, the glass top allows you to appreciate the beauty of the bases because you can see through it from a far or from the seating position.
The table retains its original condition with very little sign of wear.
"A brief history of gold leaf, how it is formed and how it is applied into furniture"
Throughout history gold leaf has been used to enrich furniture and interiors - giving it a sense of opulence and quality. Gilding, the process of applying gold leaf, can transform ordinary furniture into extraordinary statements of style and wealth. But before enriching furniture, gold leaf is created using an old fashioned process, going back hundreds of years, which converts 24 carat gold ingots (12 inches x 1 inch x 1/4 inch thick).
Gold ingots are passed repeatedly through high quality burnished rollers with increasing pressure applied to form a ribbon of gold hundreds of feet long and 1/000 of an inch thick. Cut into 1 inch squares the ribbon then undergoes its first beating process called the ‘cutch’ where the gold is interleaved between 250 sheets of paper and beaten out to the edge with a hammer. The now larger pieces are quartered to 2 inch squares before being hand beaten in a second stage called the ‘shodder’. These beaten shodder pieces are quartered with the aid of a boxwood wagon and pinchers before being filled into the final pack called the ‘mould’. Once the mould is full (some 1200 sheets of gold) it is beaten out in similar fashion to the cutch and shodder, but this time with a smaller hammer. It takes about 3 1/2 hours to hand beat a mould until the leaf is about 1/250000 inch thick. Now measuring 5 inches in diameter the centre part of each leaf is cut one by one and placed into a book for use by the gilder.
Eras: 1900s / 20th century, 1960s
Measurements: 39.4 x 175.3 x 94.0 CM (H x W x D) Change Unit
Condition: Excellent Condition
Designer: Unknown designer
Address: 406 N La Cienega Blvd , 90048 West Hollywood , United States
Phone: +1 310-652-6045
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9AM-5PM, Sat - 10AM-5PM
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