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    Sale 2157

    European Furniture, Works of Art, Tapestries and Carpets

    16 April 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 26

    AN ITALIAN SILVERED WOOD CONSOLE

    ROME, LATE 17TH EARLY 18TH CENTURY

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    AN ITALIAN SILVERED WOOD CONSOLE
    ROME, LATE 17TH EARLY 18TH CENTURY
    The later rectangular white veined green marble top with white marble veneered border above a pierced scrolling foliate frieze and double C-scroll legs carved with foliage and joined by a scrolling foliate carved central stretcher and two side stretchers, refreshments to silvering and with traces of an earlier gilt or 'mecca' scheme
    35½ in. (90 cm.) high, 43½ in. (110.5 cm.) wide, 24½ in. (62 cm.) deep


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    The bold, deeply sculpted lines of this dramatic console display the skill and ingenuity of Roman carving at the end of the Seventeenth century. Designs by artists such as Ciro Ferri (1634-1689) and Johann Paul Schor (1615-1674), one of which is reproduced here, inspired craftsmen to create a new design aesthetic. The traditional heraldic and architectural vernacular gave way to naturalistic forms which became the foundation for some of their most sophisticated and often increasingly abstract works. This console seem to grow from the base of the dramatic leafy spray at the center of the stretcher yet at the same time it remains true to the symmetry found in even the most exuberant Roman designs.

    Closely related consoles with a bold leafy central stretcher and foliate carving are in the Memmo Collection at the Palazzo Ruspoli, Rome, (see S.Walker and F. Hammond, Life and the Arts in the Baroque Palaces of Rome, New York, 1999, cat. 49, p. 180-181.) as well as Schloss Pillnitz, Dresden (see G. Lazzani, Il Mobile Romano, Milan, 1997, fig 43, p. 26.), and the Galleria Spada, Rome (E. Colle, l Mobile Barocco in Italia, Milan, 2000, p. 104). Another related console was sold anonymously, Christie's, Milan, 3 December 2004, lot 332.

    Provenance

    Bought from Warner, Burford, England, in 1968.