• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 2203

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe Including Carpets from The Corcoran Gallery of Art

    24 November 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 125

    A NORTH ITALIAN GILTWOOD CONSOLE

    TURIN, CIRCA 1720

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    A NORTH ITALIAN GILTWOOD CONSOLE
    TURIN, CIRCA 1720
    The shaped alabastro fiorito top above a pierced scrolling foliate frieze centered with a figural cartouche on knopped baluster legs carved with strapwork and shells, gilding largely rubbed
    36½ in. (93 cm.) high, 43¼ in. (110 cm.) wide, 19½ in. (49.5 cm.) deep


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    This richly decorated console table, with its finely detailed surfaces that have both architectural and sculptural elements, relates closely to other Turinese consoles. They all share the strong -- and peculiarly flat -- columnar legs with scrolling 'capitals' and friezes which also incorporate human elements. And these are augmented by finer, lower relief arabesque and strapwork surface decoration. Several examples are illustrated in E. Quaglino, Il mobile piemontese, Milan, 1966, p. 71 and another in L. Malle, Stupinigi: Un capolavoro del Settecento europeo tra barochetto e classicismo, Turin, 1968, p. 381. These elements are also, of course, strongly reminiscent of the carved and stucco decoration in interior architecture -- so evident in many of the Turinese palaces.