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    Sale 7631

    Important European Furniture & Sculpture

    4 December 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 30

    AN ITALIAN GILT-VARNISHED SILVERED 'MECCA', LIGHT-BLUE PAINTED AND SCAGLIOLA CONSOLE TABLE

    EMILIA-ROMAGNA, FIRST HALF 18TH CENTURY

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    AN ITALIAN GILT-VARNISHED SILVERED 'MECCA', LIGHT-BLUE PAINTED AND SCAGLIOLA CONSOLE TABLE
    EMILIA-ROMAGNA, FIRST HALF 18TH CENTURY
    The rectangular top centred by an oval medallion and with coat-of-arms to the corners, each depicting a double-headed eagle beneath a crown, within an outer border decorated with interlaced scrolls, putti and flowerheads, on naturalistic foliate-carved scrolled legs joined by foliate-wrapped X-shaped stretchers, surmounted by a wing-spread eagle and terminating in scroll ends, the top probably associated
    34 in. (86.5 cm.) high; 53½ in. (136 cm.) wide, overall; 25¼ in. (64 cm.) deep


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    The large acanthus scrolls of this console table are reminiscent of the baroque carving production of central Italy, particularly Emilia-Romagna. The black and white scagliola top depicting large foliate scrolls derives from models conceived by the Carpigiana school, which was then manufactured in various areas of Emilia and Lombardy. The carving to the console is very much reminiscent of the work of Francesco Peracchi, who at the end of the 17th century executed a pair of closely related console tables with a similarly-carved eagle to the stretcher. These consoles are conserved in Rocca di Soragna, near Parma, home of the Princes Meli Lupi and illustrated in G. Cirillo and G. Godi, Il Mobile a Parma fra Barocco e Romanticismo, 1600-1860, p. 63, figs. 140-141. Further related examples, include a console with scagliola top, executed in either Modena or Bologna, and illustrated in G. Manni, Mobili in Emilia, Modena, 1987, p. 314, fig. 274, and another, conserved in the Museo Civico d'Arte Industriale e Galleria Davia Bargellini, Bologna.

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