• Christies auction house James Christie logo

    Sale 7540

    A House on the Wiltshire Downs

    6 March 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 224

    AN EMPIRE BLEU TURQUIN MARBLE CONSOLE TABLE

    CIRCA 1810

    Price Realised  

    AN EMPIRE BLEU TURQUIN MARBLE CONSOLE TABLE
    CIRCA 1810
    With column supports on block feet
    33 in. (84 cm.) high; 56 in. (142 cm.) wide; 12¾ in. (32.5 cm.) deep


    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    The elegant French Empire table or console, executed entirely in bleu turquin marble and with Grecian unadorned and plinth-supported pillars, would almost certainly have been supplied en suite with a chimneypiece. One such blue turquin chimneypiece, but with rectilinear capitals to its tapered columns, was introduced to the Emperor Napoleon's bedroom apartment at Malmaison, following the château's aggrandisement from 1799 by Josephine de Beauharnais with the assistance of the Rome-trained architects Charles Percier (d.1838) and Pierre François Léonard Fontaine (d. 1853) (B. Chevallioer, Malmaison Château et domaine, Paris, 1989, fig. 270).

    Special Notice

    No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 15% will be added to the buyer's premium which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis.


    Provenance

    By repute, Château de Malmaison, France.