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AN EMPIRE BLEU TURQUIN MARBLE CONSOLE TABLE
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AN EMPIRE BLEU TURQUIN MARBLE CONSOLE TABLE

CIRCA 1810

Details
AN EMPIRE BLEU TURQUIN MARBLE CONSOLE TABLE
CIRCA 1810
With column supports on block feet
33 in. (84 cm.) high; 56 in. (142 cm.) wide; 12¾ in. (32.5 cm.) deep
Provenance
By repute, Château de Malmaison, France.
Special Notice

No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 15% will be added to the buyer's premium which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis.

Lot Essay

The elegant French Empire table or console, executed entirely in bleu turquin marble and with Grecian unadorned and plinth-supported pillars, would almost certainly have been supplied en suite with a chimneypiece. One such blue turquin chimneypiece, but with rectilinear capitals to its tapered columns, was introduced to the Emperor Napoleon's bedroom apartment at Malmaison, following the château's aggrandisement from 1799 by Josephine de Beauharnais with the assistance of the Rome-trained architects Charles Percier (d.1838) and Pierre François Léonard Fontaine (d. 1853) (B. Chevallioer, Malmaison Château et domaine, Paris, 1989, fig. 270).

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