A fantastic table from France, circa 1880, this console has been hand-carved with motifs in the style of Louis XIV. The beautiful blonde walnut wood was carved by a master-level ebeniste, as noted by the delicate foliate latticework surmounted by a large mascaron inset within a leafed console. Two floral rinceaux emanate from beneath the smirking face, adding contour to the bottom of the apron.
Beneath the table is a sinuous X-stretcher featuring a scalloped shell noix. This undulating support is also adorned with fluting, curled leaves, scrolls, volutes, and barbed counter curves. The stretcher connects to each of the thickly carved legs by rosette joineries above leaf cup feet. Small foliate margents adorn the legs on all sides, beneath large volute leaves that envelop a small, scalloped shell. The wood has a lovely light brown and tan hue, which is accentuated by the 1 ½ inch thick green marble top with white veining and gray inclusions. Our Louis XIV-style console would make a fabulous addition to a library, hallway, or living room.
CONDITION: Very good condition with minor age separations and losses, including very minute sections of apron molding. Light wear to the marble top, presenting as scratches and fleabites. The backside is partially carved, with some elements not being present on both legs/apron.