21 October 1997,
New York, Park Avenue
Price realised USD 211,500
USD 140,000 - USD 180,000
A PAIR OF LOUIS XV GILTWOOD CONSOLE TABLES
Each with molded undercut serpentine-shaped brèche d'alèp marble top, the pierced and waved frieze carved with doves amidst flower garlands and rockwork, on pierced cabriole legs carved with oak leaves and acorns joined by a stretcher, one carved with hounds attacking a stag, the other with hounds attacking a boar, on scroll feet
38½in. (98cm.) high, 41 1/3in. (105cm.) wide, 15in. (38cm.) deep (2)
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The distinguished collector Gaston Baconnière de Salverte (1827-1886) married the daughter of the banker Pastré.
The inventory following his death lists in his bedroom in his house in the rue Boissis d'Anglas:
deux consoles Louis XV en bois sculpté prisées 1600fr.
The high price linked with the fact that they were not gilt and that they are the only consoles listed supports the view that the pair of consoles in this lot were indeed the ones in his bedroom.
They do not appear in the inventories of either his parents or his grandparents and it is therefore probable that he bought them.
Comte de Salverte, sold Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, 5-6 May 1887, lots 136-137
Sold Ader Tajan, Paris, 29 March 1994, lot 66
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