Originally functioning as a balcony barrier, this antique painted wrought iron railing has been repurposed into a console table with a cream-colored limestone top. It was salvaged from a French style building in Argentina, which would have been constructed in the early 1900s. Now, as a console table, the limestone which surmounts it, is 2 ½ inches thick and has a pitched edge on the sides and the front facade.
The railing still contains much of its original white paint, but it has acquired a worn patina thanks to oxidation and some minor flaking. The motifs on the sides consist of interlaced S-scrolls, known as guilloche, that are attached to the vertical rails by a series of roundels. Rectangular leaves can be seen above and below the guilloche.
On the front side, a lovely central pierced cartouche is surrounded by a laurel leaf garland. The cartouche is a water leaf surrounded by two ovals, with the outer ring having beading of cabochon. On top of the cartouche is a curled ribbon with a center roundel. On both sides of the cartouche, motifs alternate between elongated oval and floral margents of decreasing size. The top and bottom are adorned with waves known as Vitruvian scrolls. The waves come together in the center of the frontage as two C-scrolls.
This recently converted wrought iron balcony gate console with limestone top can be used in numerous styles of homes. It can be placed against a wall in a hall or entryway to make a great statement piece.
CONDITION: Wear commensurate to age and use with oxidation and loss to paint. Variation to color throughout as seen in photos. The iron railing is antique, but the feet, back, and marble top are new.