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    Sale 7608

    Important European Furniture and Sculpture

    10 July 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 28

    A PAIR OF ITALIAN GILTWOOD CONSOLE TABLES

    THIRD QUARTER 18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF ITALIAN GILTWOOD CONSOLE TABLES
    THIRD QUARTER 18TH CENTURY
    Each with a rectangular alabster top within an egg-and-dart carved surround, the rope-twist frieze carved with interlaced scrolls filled with flower heads and bordered by guilloche and ribbon-twist bands, the angles carved with putti masks and hung with floral swags, on foliate-carved cabriole legs adorned with floral swags, joined by waved stretchers centred by a floral basket and terminating in paw feet, one console lacking three floral swags, the other lacking one floral swag
    36½ in. (93 cm.) high; 56¼ in. (143 cm.) wide; 27½ in. (70 cm.) deep (2)


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    The design of these console tables, and more specifically the floral festoons under the frieze, the S-shaped legs and stretchers centred by a floral festoon, are reminiscent of a superb console table influenced by designs of Piranesi which is conserved in the Capitolinie Museums, Rome, (see A. González-Palacios, Il Tempio del Gusto - Roma e il Regno delle due Sicilie, Milan, 1984, vol II., p. 79, fig 152.) However, the less elaborate type of carving of the consoles here offered is more typical for a Marche or Tuscany production rather than Rome.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN
    (LOTS 27-32)