This magnificent center table was hand-carved in Italy in the mid to late 1800’s with a 30 ½” diameter inset black with white veining marble top. Added at some point after the creation of the table, a half inch thick ring of glass (measuring 72 inches in diameter), rests on top of the wooden base, encircling the marble. The wood base was bleached recently, allowing the exquisite details of the carvings to gain prominence.
The protruding rim of the circular base has been carved with two separate motifs: a ring of florets flanked by interlacing ribbons along the innermost edge, followed by a quarter round molding, adorned with infilled niches. Just beneath is an apron embellished with parted leaves, S-scrolls, and scalloped shells. A trio of corbels, with their backs joined at obtuse angles, form tripartite legs that support the weight above. Each corbel has been carved with a pair of volute scroll terminals connected by a long foliate margent. The corbel fronts are graced with curled acanthus leaves with a pinecone center. Beneath each corbel is foot that consists of a prone chimera, with the head of a lion, a scaled torso, and a serpent-like tail.
Our 19th century carved and bleached Italian center table would make a grand statement piece in any entrance or foyer. It would also make a wonderful dining table. If the table is displayed without the glass top, it can be used in smaller rooms, such as a living room or game room. The glass top can easily be handled by two people.
CONDITION: Good antique condition with wear commensurate to age and use, including minor age separations and rubs. A small old repair visible to the top. Fleabites and light discoloration to inset marble. The glass was cut at some time after the construction of the table and the wood was stripped more recently.