This piece reflects the passion for furniture and objects cut from malachite, a stone highly prized in Russia from the early 19th century. To create such a table, stone-cutters made use of the technique known as 'Russian mosaic,' which follows, according to Chenevière, the following steps:`The blocks of malachite are sawn into millimetre-thick slices. These are then cut according to the pattern of the stone and the various pieces are reunited one by one to form a pleasing design making sure that the joins are as near to invisible as possible. This whole design is then fixed to a stone or metal base, the imperfections are then ground down and then it is polished.' 
A similar centre table was offered at Christie's London, Opulence, 6 June 2017, lot 293.
 Chenevière, A. Russian Furniture of The Golden Age 1780-1840, London, 1988, p.206
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