A William IV Scagliola Table
A William IV scagliola center table, circular white marble top inlaid with various scagliola lappets, the center with a bird perched on a campana urn, the 18th century Italian top resting on a William IV rosewood tripod base
*Scagliola is a composite substance made from selenite, glue and natural pigments. It's purpose was to imitate rare and expensive marbles most commonly employed in luxurious Pietra Dura works. The table base is of a rich rosewood, which was still frequently in use after the Regency period. Our table recalls the 18th century "Grand Tour" practice in which refined and affluent British "dilletante" traveled to Italy to discover and own various items from classical antiquity. The items that they salvaged during their tenure in the ancient world were adapted to their liking in which this period produced a plethora of princely commissions. Traditional English furniture was thus endowed with scholarly grandeur.