Hand-carved circa 1850 in the northern reaches of France, known as French Flanders, this oak console or “table a Gibier” has a lovely black bluestone top with white and gray veining. The 1 ½ inch thick top, which has an inverted quarter-round molding, is supported by four long, cabriole legs adorned with elements inspired by nature, such as roquillards, rosettes, floral and foliate margents, and hoof feet.
Horizontal margents on the front belt are overshadowed by the elaborate embellishments below. A central carving depicts an Apolline mascaron set within an attenuated leaf wreath, evoking a sense of classical elegance. Below the medallion is a sprawling pierced foliate apron, which is also seen on the sides, but less grand in scale. The stretcher, as is customary with Regence-style furniture, has a modified, serpentine X-stretcher with a center rosette. Given the transitional nature of the Regence period in French history, our bluestone top console effortlessly complements various interior design styles.
CONDITION: Good antique condition, with minor wood losses, mainly to the feet. Light scratches and rubs to the top, commensurate with age and use. Old restoration work (interestingly with a date and signature from the woodworker), on a replaced section in the back.