A period Regence piece, this elegant console table was hand-carved in the Paris region (Ile De France) in the early 1700’s. At some point in its history, the wood has been stripped, leaving traces of the original finish amid the stunning oak grain. A shaped Flanders rouge marble with brown veining and white and gray inclusions sits on top of the early Rococo base, embellished with elements inspired by nature.
The elaborately carved base features cabriole legs typical of most consoles. Cabochons, surrounded by large, curled leaves and foliate margents, can be seen where the curve and counter-curve join. Both front legs have beaded margents above toupie feet, which are also found on the back legs. All four legs are joined by an X-shaped stretcher adorned with undulating curled leaves. The fantastic center noix has been carved as a pierced palmette surrounded by a floral wreath. In similar grandiose fashion, the frieze is festooned with a scalloped shell surrounded by a series of attenuated leaves, florets, and pebbles.
Full of life and movement, our Parisian console table with Flanders rouge marble is indicative of the Regence period: charming and elegant. Because the Regence was a transitional period, the console can be paired with furniture from either Louis XIV or Louis XV, or even more contemporary pieces.
CONDITION: Good antique condition with wear commensurate to age and use, including age separations and some losses to wood (see photos). Old repairs to the base, with visible glue, as well as recent strengthening. Acceptable losses to marble top. The base was stripped at some point and traces of the original finish remain.