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    Sale 7713

    Furniture & Clocks

    23 April 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 137

    A PAIR OF ITALIAN PARCEL-GILT, AMARANTH, BURR-MAPLE AND PARQUETRY CONSOLE TABLES

    LATE 18TH CENTURY, PROBABLY FLORENCE

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    A PAIR OF ITALIAN PARCEL-GILT, AMARANTH, BURR-MAPLE AND PARQUETRY CONSOLE TABLES
    LATE 18TH CENTURY, PROBABLY FLORENCE
    Each with a rectangular grey-veined white marble inset top with a leaf-tip-carved border, above a lozenge-decorated frieze with raised central panel, on square tapering legs decorated with simulated fluting, one marble top replaced and with crack
    36¾ in. (93.5 cm.) high; 52¾ in. (134 cm.) wide; 23¼ in. (59 cm.) deep (2)


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    With their idiosyncratic trompe l'oeil parquetry, the striking contrast between the light burr and the darker timbers, and their elegant and well-proportioned lines, these console tables are closely related to several examples in the Palazzo Pitti. Among such related pieces, a cassettone dated 1793, in the Guardaroba del Re, Appartamenti Reali, Palazzo Pitti in Florence (ill. in. E. Colle, Il Mobile Neoclassical in Italia, Milan, 2005. p. 190); but even more closely related is a commode similarly inlaid with a rope-twist like motif on a burr-wood ground, probably manufactured by the brothers Pietro and Gasparo Landi, in the Conservatorio Cherubini and illustrated in Colle, Ibid., p. 197. Among related console tables sold at auction, a pair of parquetry console tables inset with marble tops was sold, Sotheby's, London, 6 December 2006, lot 120 (£14,400 with premium).

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