Console tables are beautiful, graceful tables that also serve a practical purpose. These tables are aligned against a wall, often between two windows and/or placed beneath a mirror. You might find accessories or artwork resting on the marble or wooden tops. During the Regence period, these tables would often be painted to match the colors of the wood paneling of the walls, indicating that this console table came from an opulent room.
Hand-carved in Italy during the 1700’s, the wood has a lacquered white finish with gilded highlights. The rouge royal marble from Belgium has white and gray veining and light inclusions with a quarter round finish on three sides (like most consoles, the backside is typically left unpainted or raw – as this is the side that abuts the wall).
Beneath the thick marble are four cabriole legs with pied-de-biche (deer’s foot) feet, each accented with an acanthus roquillard. Each side is adorned with latticework behind a gilded cartouche of a parted leaf. The foliage is surrounded by sprawling rinceaux that trace the apron’s sinuous border, also framing the patterned background. Similarly, the front features a sinuous apron, dotted with volute protuberances. A central mascaron with a parted leaf crown resides on top of more latticework that is flanked by foliate C-scrolls, florets, and curled leaves.
This stunning console table was hand-carved in the early 1700’s. The white lacquer finish and central mascaron are characteristic of Italian décor, while the latticework, volutes and marble are hallmarks of Regence furniture. Our painted Italian console with marble top would be a focal point of any living room or study.
CONDITION: Wear commensurate to age and use with minor age separations and losses to wood. Light scratching to marble top with buildup. One leg/foot has been professionally repaired. Rubs to gilding, revealing traces of red bole.