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    Sale 7812

    Belgravia and Lake Geneva - Two European Collections

    14 May 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 185

    AN EMPIRE ORMOLU AND BRONZE CONSOLE TABLE

    CIRCA 1815

    Price Realised  

    AN EMPIRE ORMOLU AND BRONZE CONSOLE TABLE
    CIRCA 1815
    The verde antico marble top above a frieze with anthemion and palmette band and Mercury masks to the angles, on scrolling lotus-leaf legs, with a laurel-crowned Bacchic masks, above a concave-fronted rectangular undertier with later verde antico marble, on a panelled plinth with flowerheads and on semi-circular anthemion-fronted feet, the lower marble repaired
    47¾ in. (121 cm.) wide; 35¼ in. (90 cm.) high; 12 in. (30.5 cm.) deep


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    This marble-topped console-table, with Ionic pilasters fronted by acanthus-wrapped and voluted trusses, relates in form to tables delivered in 1810 to the Petit Trianon by the ébéniste Pierre Benoît Marcion (illustrated in D. Ledoux-Lebard, Le Petit Trianon, Paris, 1989, p.96). Embellished in the early 19th Century 'antique' manner with Grecian palmflowers and inverted 'acrotia' feet in the manner of Charles Percier and Pierre Fontaine's Recueil des Décorations Intérieures of 1801, its 'Erechtheum' frieze is enriched with Medusa-masks and Isis-stars, and the voluted trusses enclose Apollo masks.

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