A centre table of octagonal form, with extensive and comprehensive inlays of fruit-wood and mother-of –pearl pictorially depicting foliates and flora; rising from a cylinder and baluster column decorated with scrolled acanthus feet, the top having a central petal form medallion surrounded by 8 radially laid reserves, containing further complex inlay work of great finesse. Florence, circa 1845
This centre table is an important example of the detailed naturalistic marquetry work executed by the Florentine brothers Luigi (1794-1861) and Angiolo Falcini (fl. 1836-69) in the second quarter of the nineteenth century. Renowned for their elegant designs, and superbly executed inlay work, which they displayed to great acclaim at the 1851 Crystal Palace Exhibition.