Louis XIV style carved and painted console table, Belle Epoque period in France c.1890
A Louis XIV style carved and painted console table from the Belle Epoque period in France c.1890. The front legs are placed at a right angle while the back legs are set at a forty-five degree angle and appear to be tilted and that is what gives this table its visually unique appearance. The four square column legs are largest at the top and taper down evenly on each side where they end in a square cushion directly upon the floor. But it is the variety and symmetry of the carved details seen on all sides of each leg that directly recall the magnificence of both the architecture and furniture invented during the reign of Louis XIV (1643-1715). Please use the zoom feature on our website to view the exceptionally sculptural effect of the carving seen across the surfaces of this console. The desire for a monumental and grand effect was always the desire for an interior during Louis XIV"S period because the reason for decorating was to affirm the power of the monarchy. Everything was designed to produce awe when seen at the resources available to the crown. Remember this was the first time anyone in Europe or the world had seen any of these designs as everything was designed and produced to new specifications. This console table was inspired by these ideas as it is meant to be seen from not only the front but also the sides where the unusual effect of a leg turned at an angle allows for the entire leg to be seen as it is placed slightly away from the wall. With the back legs placed forward the top is then able to be shaped differently as well with a sharp turn back toward the wall at an inset angle. Because the four legs have such a strong profile the horizontal stretchers that connect the legs are also of a bold and sculptural form. The dramatic curvilinear shapes that lift and flow across the entire front are also centred in the middle of the two front legs on a circular medallion. Inset within the medallion is a carved flower blossom that is also seen above all four of the legs in the section that contains the horizontal apron beneath the top. The apron is decorated with three bands all with a different motif. The largest band contains a row of interlocking rings known as a "guilloche" with each space enclosed by the pattern shaped into a floral design. Above this guilloche is a band of beading known in France as "les perles" as it resembles a strand of matched pearls. This has particular significance in France because to possess a string of pearls before the invention of cultured pearls was to be known as tremendously wealthy for it took years to search out and find enough naturally produced pearls to form an entire necklace. The importance of pearls may be seen in countless paintings of the aristocracy and even more memorably in Vermeer's "Girl with a Pearl Earring". Finally, underneath the lip of the top is a row of moulding known as "egg and dart" taken from the ruins of the ancient classical civilizations of Greece and Rome. This was a favourite motif used in architecture and furniture design because it instantly related the virtues of the past with the lives of the present day as anybody who was educated knew of the association. Interestingly the top surface follows the exact same profile as the understructure with the edge slightly embellished with a moulded pattern while the flat expanse is left unadorned. The sumptuous painted finish adds immeasurably to the striking architectural quality of this console table with the top surface being of faux marbre (literally in English, false marble) while the entire lower section gleams with the deep tones of red and blue highlighted with gold leaf. This gave the top ample area for the display of numerous objects including candelabra for light, porcelain and other glamourous pieces that would be impressive when seen from any direction. The bravura quality of this table is quite arresting and will immediately be the focal point wherever it is placed in an interior.
WIDTH: 75 in | HEIGHT: 33 in | DEPTH: 20 in
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