A FINE ROCOCO STYLE CARVED GILTWOOD PIER TABLE
With original gray marble; probably Italian, circa third quarter of 19th century
Item # 012HPP14L
An exquisite console table that borrows design attributes of the Rococo with a "modernized" flair. It is a precise and expertly crafted piece that seeks to reduce visual weight as much as is practical, allowing the brilliant gilding and the simplicity of the well-balanced and nearly symmetrical scrolling pierced frieze to be the forefront of the design. It retains the thick original veined gray marble top. The legs have a distinctive "klismo" form to them, each with a pronounced knee incised with a flattened foliage design and terminate over vigorous cyma-curved acanthus embellished feet locked together with a rocaille stretcher.
While clearly influenced by new styles of the time, the craftsman designing this table in the third quarter of the nineteenth-century executed it with purely traditional techniques, including the use of oversized dovetail joinery in the corners. The result is a rather exceptional state of preservation despite the delicacy of design. Typical of the period, all secondary surfaces are finished in a yellow wash.
This very striking table is a precious find - sleek, refined and in excellent overall condition.
Measurements: 33" H x 41 3/4" W x 21" D
Original marble top with only minor chipping/wear and typical use indicators (scuffs, scratches, etc.). Chipping and wear to gilding throughout with some inpainting and gilding touchups. A very fine presentation.