These superb consoles, with their female caryatid supports with floral head-dresses and dolphin-mask-carved frieze, date from either the end of the Régence or the beginning of the Louis XV. They still display the sculptural, balanced nature of Régence period designs, while looking forward to the greater freedom and more naturalistic style of the 1730's.
The use of female caryatids and deeply incurving supports relates them to the designs of the ornemaniste Nicolas Pineau (1684-1754), one of the most influential designers of the period and generally credited as one of the originators of the 'genre pittoresque'. Designs for similar consoles by Pineau, many of which were published in his lifetime, for instance in Mariette's Architecture à la Mode, are ilustrated in T. Strange, French Interiors, Furniture, Decoration, London, 1950, 3rd. ed., p. 230.