• The Opulent Eye - 500 Years: D auction at Christies

    Sale 8048

    The Opulent Eye - 500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe

    15 March 2012, London, King Street

  • Lot 86

    A FRENCH GILTWOOD CENTRE TABLE

    AFTER THE MODEL ATTRIBUTED TO JULES DEGOULLONS, LATE 19TH CENTURY

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    A FRENCH GILTWOOD CENTRE TABLE
    AFTER THE MODEL ATTRIBUTED TO JULES DEGOULLONS, LATE 19TH CENTURY
    The eared rectangular incarnat turquin marble top above a flower-filled 'C'-scrolled frieze centred to front and back by a pierced fretwork and foliate apron with crowned patera, the sides with conforming shells, on pierced opposing caryatid legs joined by an 'X'-shaped stretcher centred by a platform, the underside with painted inventory number 'S118'
    31¼ in. (82 cm.) high; 70 in. (178 cm.) wide; 33 in. (84 cm.) deep


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    This centre-table relates closely to a console attributed to sculptor Jules Degoullons and supplied in 1713 for the Château de Bercy. Together with his atelier of André and Mathieu Legoupil, Marin Bellan and Pierre Taupin, Degoullons was responsible for much of the carved panelling and related furniture supplied to Charles-Henri II de Malon de Bercy, between 1712 and 1714. At the four-day auction of the contents of Château de Bercy in 1860, the table was purchased by Napoleon III and placed in the national collection (see Bill G. B. Pallot, Furniture Collections in the Louvre, Paris, 1993, Vol. II, pp. 36-39). The model became very popular with Parisian ébénistes towards the end of the 19th century, and among others was copied by François Linke. See Christie's East, New York, 24 May 1993, lot 338 for an example by the latter supplied for the Grosvenor Square home of Elias Meyer.