ALEXANDER ROUX INLAID CENTER TABLE WITH GILT ORMOLU MOUNTS

This table measures 54” long and has a stenciled black ink signature n the bottom, “From / A. Roux / French Cabinet Maker / Nos. 479 to 481 Broadway / New York” There are ormolu mounted feet and trim all over the table and a finely cast border around the oval top. Alexander Roux (1813-1886), 479 Broadway, was a French cabinet maker who was proud to produce styles of furniture in his the style of his homeland in America. He was one of the top three cabinetmakers working in America in the second half of the 19th century, a highly skilled, guild-trained cabinetmaker coming to America, with all its new wealth and technology, Roux took advantage of steam-powered saws and routers to quickly shape his wood, giving him more time to spend on carving the incredible ornamentation in his furniture, producing some of the finest furniture. Roux’s style was rather better than his contemporary, Baudouine's and generally lighter in character, running off in the Louis XVI style. Roux was an immigrant from France, where he received his training as a cabinetmaker specializing in the Rococo Revival style. In 1837, he opened his own shop in New York, trading on his knowledge of French styles and craftsmanship to attract high-end customers such as William B. Astor. Roux was tremendously prolific, making both Rococo Revival and Renaissance Revival furniture. He had 120 craftsmen working to make furniture in his factory in the 1850s and also worked in a myriad of different styles through the 1870s, when he sold half a million dollars of furniture, quite a sum in its day. Inlaid center tables are an interesting furniture form. In fact, I would say they were the most show-off piece of furniture in the home. This rather large piece of furniture, measuring 54” long, designed with a most impressive floral marquetry inlay top, never meant to be covered, so in fact the table was just made to sit in the center of the room as a “horizontal painting” to be admired and not covered .
 

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