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    Sale 7445

    Important European Furniture, Sculpture and Tapestries

    6 December 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 67

    AN ITALIAN GILTWOOD CONSOLE TABLE

    ROME, FIRST HALF 18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    AN ITALIAN GILTWOOD CONSOLE TABLE
    ROME, FIRST HALF 18TH CENTURY
    The rectangular marble top with central brocatello di Spagna marble within a border of bianco e nero and giallo antico, above a moulded frieze, with a pierced scrolling foliate apron centred by a female mask, on square-sectioned inverted baluster supports with beaded collar and acanthus scrolls, decorated with grotesque masks and husk trails, joined by X-shaped acanthus-wrapped stretchers, centred by a circular platform headed by a flaming urn similarly-carved with a grotesque mask, and terminating in turned feet
    32½ in. (82.5 cm.) high; 52 in. (132 cm.) wide; 29 in. (73.5 cm.) deep


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    The intricate carving of this magnificent console table, especially the fantastic grotesque masks heading the square-sectioned inverted baluster legs, ties it to both Roman and Florentine examples. Similar masks can be found on striking giltwood tables made in Rome in the 1730s and '40s (see E. Colle, Il Mobile Barocco in Italia, Milan, 2000, cat. 29, pp. 128-131), however, such intricately-carved masks can also be found on early 18th century Florentine tables (ibid, cat. 46-47, pp. 192-195).

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