Water Gilt & Ebonised Table
Several decorative techniques were used on this table, one being water gilding. The water gilding process is probably the most laborious yet superior type of gilding still practiced today and also yields the best results. The gold is finally burnished to a reflective lustre, giving it an appearance of solid gold.
Two other painted effects used on this table are ebony and red tortoise shell, accompanied by gold, these three materials were commonly used together in the 17th century French marquetry style referred to as "Boulle".