NEOCLASSICAL INLAID MAHOGANY WALL CONSOLE
Probably Baltic States, early 19th century
Item # 703AHW20P
An austere and most interesting piece, notable for the simplicity and clarity of line carried throughout the form. The rectangular top with rounded corners conforms to the thick apron, projecting just slightly over it on all three exposed sides. This is raised by a pair of columns that swell dramatically outward and simulate an inward curl with the scrolled line of stringer inlay that continues from the corner to swirl around the stamped brass mount highlighting the curve. The craftsman executing this used most fine mahogany veneers, each with a dense grain pattern and an incredibly deep and dark color retained in the surface; this is nearly silky to the touch and sealed under years of hand polishing with waxes. A tenon-mortised frame with a recessed pine panel lock the back of the console together, a sense of symmetry and simplicity in the craftsmanship that is most practical. This design allows the back panel to shrink and expand without fear of cracking the mahogany veneers in the front.
While it technically does stand alone without being secured to the wall, this most certainly should be secured to avoid any incident. Four holes in the hollow beneath the apron at the back were used to secure the piece with screws into the wall behind the console.
A fine presentation, small enough that it does not overwhelm while lending a touch of gracefulness to an entryway or sitting room, this is a most enjoyable acquisition.
Measurements: 25 1/8” W x 13 1/2” D x 31 5/8” H
Some looseness to one wing, not concerning. Spots of missing veneer around edges of the top (missing piece on back right corner, front left corner). Other minor dings, abrasions and wear as expected. A gorgeous and early finish.