• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 7784

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe

    10 December 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 867

    AN ITALIAN GILTWOOD AND YELLOW SIENA MARBLE CONSOLE TABLE

    FLORENCE, SECOND QUARTER 18TH CENTURY

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    AN ITALIAN GILTWOOD AND YELLOW SIENA MARBLE CONSOLE TABLE
    FLORENCE, SECOND QUARTER 18TH CENTURY
    The rectangular moulded top above a C-scroll and foliate-carved pierced frieze centred by a putto mask, on scrolled supports modelled as female busts joined by similarly carved X-shaped stretchers centred by a further mask and terminating in scrolled feet with shaped moulded platform base
    35¾ in. (91 cm.) high; 68½ in. (174 cm.) wide; 34¼ in. (87 cm.) deep


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    The design of this console table relates to examples executed by Giovan Battista Foggini in the late 17th and early 18th century, particularly to those made after designs by Diacinto Maria Marmi. Two related drawings by Marmi for designs of supports for consoles incorporating female busts and volutes are in the Gabinetto dei Disegni e delle Stampe degli Uffizi in Florence, (illustrated A. González Palacios, Il Tempio del Gusto, Milan, 1986, vol. II, p. 31, fig. 13). Interestingly, related models of console tables featuring large scrolling volutes, friezes centred by masks, and legs headed by figural busts, were similarly produced in Rome in the first half of the 18th century.

    A pair of closely related Florentine console tables, formerly in the collections of Baron Mayer de Rothschild at Mentmore, Buckinghamshire, was sold at Sotheby's London, 9 June 2004, lot 27. Other related models depicting draped female figures rather than the more typical mermaids of the late 17th century are illustrated in E. Colle, Il Mobile Barocco in Italia, Milan, 2000, p. 192, n. 46; while another closely related console table was sold at Sotheby's Florence, 3-4 December 1990, lot 629.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN
    (LOTS 867-873)