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    Sale 7608

    Important European Furniture and Sculpture

    10 July 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 161

    AN ITALIAN LIGHT BLUE AND WHITE-PAINTED CONSOLE TABLE

    LATE 18TH CENTURY, PROBABLY TUSCANY

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    AN ITALIAN LIGHT BLUE AND WHITE-PAINTED CONSOLE TABLE
    LATE 18TH CENTURY, PROBABLY TUSCANY
    The square white carrara marble top above a stiff-leaf carved and beaded frieze with interlaced foliage and flower heads and centred by a satyr's mask, above a foliate-carved apron, on stiff-leaf carved and stop-fluted turned tapering legs headed by rosettes and terminating in toupie feet
    36½ in. (92.5 cm.) high; 57½ in. (145.5 cm.) wide; 21¼ in. (54 cm.) deep


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    The distinctive flower-filled scrolling-foliate motif to the frieze centered by a grotesque bearded mask is typical of the Tuscan production of the late 1780s-early 1790s. Various closely related examples of console tables are conserved in the Palazzo Pitti, as illustrated in E. Colle, I Mobili di Palazzo Pitti - Il primo periodo lorenese 1737-1799, Florence, 1992, p. 136, fig. 63, and more generally, pp. 117-135. A Tuscan console table dated circa 1790, with an almost identical frieze, conserved now in the Quirinale, Rome is illustrated in A. González-Palacios, I Mobili Italiani - Il patrimonio artistico del Quirinale, Milan, 1996, p. 195, fig. 64.

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