This page presents our collection of small tables made in collaboration with the greatest artists of the Second Empire, adorned with a meticulous, delicate decoration of porcelain marqueted flowers, a technic developped by the talented Julien-Nicolas Rivart.

Rivart Chevet

Materials : Rosewood, burl wood, blackened pear wood, gilt bronze, porcelain marquetry.
Localisation : France, between 1850 and 1867
Dimensions : H : 74 cm, L : 45 cm, P : 34 cm

Small bedside table decorated with wisteria

This elegant bedside table is adorned of flowers inlays, which great naturalism illustrates the technical mastery of Julien-Nicolas Rivart, inventor of porcelain marquetry, for which he registered a patent in 1849.

Wisteria porcelain marquetry


Wisterias are blooming in fresh colors on the surface of the wood, enhancing the preciosity of this work. The kaolin is the best material to highlight the delicacy of the painter’s work.

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Detail of the porcelain marquetry

Rivart guéridon

Materials : Rosewood veneer, gilt bronze, porcelain marquetry.
Localisation : France, between 1850 and 1867
Dimensions : H : 76 cm, D : 59 cm
Label « TAHAN / manufacturier / rue de la paix / Au coin du Boulevard »

Graceful tip-up pedestal table

This elegant Louis XVI style pedestal table was realized by Tahan , “prince of small cabinetmaking”, as a journalist from the Palais de Cristal enjoyed to call him at the World’s Fair of 1851 .
The table we present here is thus a rare witness of Tahan ‘s favorable disposition towards the “Rivart process”. The round shelf is supported by an elegant, tripod foot made out of gilt bronze and enlivened by polished wooden elements.

Porcelain marquetry of campanulas

We have here a fine example of these rare decorations with a delicate crown of blue, white and pink morning glories, unfolding on the round shelf of this pedestal table.

Rivart guéridon

Detail of the porcelain marquetry

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