A PAIR OF SWISS LOUIS XV GILTWOOD CONSOLES
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A PAIR OF SWISS LOUIS XV GILTWOOD CONSOLES

ATTRIBUTED TO JOHANN FRIEDRICH FUNK I, BERN, CIRCA 1760-1770

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A PAIR OF SWISS LOUIS XV GILTWOOD CONSOLES
ATTRIBUTED TO JOHANN FRIEDRICH FUNK I, BERN, CIRCA 1760-1770
Each serpentine-shaped marbre de Roche top over a pierced frieze carved with C-scrolls and fruiting foliage, on scrolled supports and a conforming stretcher, re-gilt
32 in. (81 cm.) high; 38 ½ in. (98 cm.) wide; 21 in. (53 cm.) deep
Provenance
By repute most probably acquired by Pierre-Philippe Cannac for Château d’Hauteville.
Literature
Listed in the October 1786 inventory at the Grand Salon of Château d’Hauteville.
F. Grand d’Hauteville, Le Château d’Hauteville, Lausanne, 1932, p. 130.

COMPARATIVE LITERATURE
H. Von Fischer, Fonck a Berne, Bern 2001, pp. 188-190 and 306 (marble).
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Lot Essay

Matthäus Funk (1697-1783) was one of the most celebrated cabinet-makers from the German-speaking regions. In 1706 his family moved from Frankfurt to Bern, Switzerland. With his four brothers, Johann Friedrich (a carver and sculptor), Johann Peter (a gilder), Johann Lorenz (a locksmith), Sigmund Emanuel (a dealer) and his son Daniel Beat Ludwig (a watchmaker), he established an atelier which soon became large and successful in Bern. It is assumed that together they manufactured entire interiors. The floral cartouches and leaves adorning the legs featured on the present console tables are common stylistic aspects of the sculptor Johann Friedrich Funk's work and can be seen on other examples by the craftsman.

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