Jean Claude Dresse Signed Coffee Table with Marcasite Inlay Top
Jean Claude Dresse, coffee table, resin with inlaid marcasite, enameled steel, Belgium, 1970s.
Exceptional coffee table with inlaid top of the organic mineral marcasite, designed by Jean Claude Dresse. Dresse is known for his high quality and exceptional cocktail tables. Characterized by a sculptural base. This table has such a base and rectangular top. A collection of stones forms a mosaic pattern and creates an admirable surface. The light grey colors of the stones nicely combine with the silver steel base. The dark edge of the top is a nice addition to these grey-silver colors. The stones in this table are not ordinary pebbles, they are a special sort of minerals which will 'breath' and grow when in contact with air. Therefore a transparent resin will cover the stones, to protect the artwork. Some small openings have occurred in the epoxy top which affected some of the stones. Please contact us may you have any questions on the condition of this table, so we can discuss the possibilities on restoration.
Jean Claude Dresse (1946-) is a Belgian artist and designer. He graduated from the art academy in Charleroi. His background of being a visual artist is clearly visible in his furniture designs as he uses artistic techniques such as mosaic and etchings. He makes use of precious metals such as brass and copper. Together with his father he was a prominent figure in the furniture business in the 1980s and he belongs to the artistic Walloon school that focused on glamorous esthetics.