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. The limestone which surmounts the iron is 2 ½ inches thick and has pitched edges on the sides and the front. Much of the original white paint is still visible, but the iron has acquired a great worn patina thanks to oxidation and some minor losses.
A large medallion composed of four water leaves sprouting from a pierced roundel is seen in the center of the frontage. Two scrolls emanate from each of the leaves in separate directions, forming a stylized fleur de lys (which is itself a water leaf) where the scrolls from neighboring leaves merge. The intricate central elements are surrounded by three tightly grouped circles, with the middle ring consisting of a series of beads. Four roundels (aligned with the water leaves) touch against the outer loop and are surrounded by yet another circle. A rumpled ribbon sits on top of this final ring and weaves in and out of the top section of the circle and the upper roundel. On both sides of the medallion, motifs alternate between elongated ovals and floral margents of decreasing size. The top and bottom are adorned pierced arches and cabochons (respectively) that are connected via beading.
The motif on the left side consists 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. The right side is adorned with a similar margent as seen on the front.
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 limestone top are recent additions. Please note, the motifs on the left and right sides are not identical