EXCEPTIONAL ROCOCO PARCEL GILT WALNUT MIRROR AND CONSOLE
Continental, circa mid-19th Century
Item # 604EJT18Q
A most fine and substantial presentation, this console and matched pier mirror embodies the naturalistic largesse of the Rococo spirit. A European work, probably Italian circa the second quarter of the nineteenth-century, it has diverse palette of color with brilliant gilding in the carvings around the frame, a border of parcel gilding with hints of red bole penetrating the gold, a reddish-brown walnut with nice depth and patina and an original black marble top. The variety of color is matched only by the fluid diversity of carving spanning both pieces - the crest is a most elegant pierced display of flanking acanthus and corner flourishes around a kidney-form central motif of foliate inspiration. The same serrated foliage flourishes are reinterpreted in the mirror footing, the tops of each knee with a relief-carved kidney surrounded by acanthus over the draping foliage that highlights the leg edge. The scrolling apron is highlighted with a most fine rocaille treatment with serrated leaves edging the bottom. Each leg is locked firmly in place with a tenon-mortised stretcher that swoops into an incredibly detailed display carved from a solid block of walnut and gilded with utmost skill. This is a rare and wonderful find, the condition throughout just lovely. It is a statement piece ideal for an open two-level foyer, where the impressive total height of 117 1/2” will be unimpeded and the fine crest work can be viewed from the landing. It is a work of art in every regard.
Measurements: 117 1/2” H together; [mirror] 80 1/4” H (total height including dowels beneath 81 1/4”) x 45 3/4” W x 2 1/2” D; [console] 37 1/4” H x 50 3/8” W x 20 1/4” D
Chip losses throughout to carvings, wear through gilding revealing bole and gesso underlayers. Inactive pest damage to walnut. Scratches to black marble top. Original back of mirror resecured with modern steel brackets and screws. Remaining in excellent presentation-ready condition.