At Circa we constantly strive to source the unusual and when we find a piece such as this rare and unique leaping jaguar table from France, circa 1970’s, we just have to share it.
The jaguar leaps from a bronze tree with Verdigris finish and Ormolu leaf decoration, supported on a Nero Marquina base with an easily replaceable shaped glass top. All the materials used have been carefully chosen and each individual part crafted to the highest possible standard.
The Nero Marquinq used for the base is a fine-grained, black marble, originating from Spain and chosen for the white veining and occasional clouding characteristic in this material, while the bronze tree is particularly effective with the verdigris finish; a natural occurrence in copper, brass or bronze surfaces exposed to the atmosphere for long periods of time.
The ormolu leaf decoration – ormolu originating form the French ‘moulu’ meaning ‘powdered gold’ – adds a beautifully delicate feel to the tree and is achieved through a specialised process known as ‘fire gilding’ where mercury is driven off a kiln leaving behind a gold coloured veneer known in England as ‘gilt bronze’ and, in France, as ‘bronze dore’.
Now we get to the jaguar. In cast brass with gold lacquer, he leaps from the branch – his back paws the only place of support – creating a real sense of animation and strength.
The defined muscle structure and refined features of the jaguar coupled with the superb quality of all the components make this a very special piece indeed. See it on our product pages by clicking here.