25 November 2003
A LOUIS XV GILTWOOD CONSOLE
Circa 1740, Probably German
The later brèche d'alep marble top above a rocaille and floral-carved pierced frieze with a central cartouche of flowers on scrolled, palm leaf-carved legs, regilt
34in. (86.5cm.) high, 71in. (180cm.) wide, 30in. (76cm.) deep
Acquired from Samy Chalom, Paris, 1971 ($15,000).
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