A pair of cement corbels cast in France in the 1900’s forms a highly decorative base for this console table with antique plank top. The two-inch-thick top is made of pine wood that was felled in the 1800’s, which explains the visible cupping that gives the plank added character. Detachable shims were added for stability (see photos), but the wood rests naturally on top of the foliate corbels.
The corbels have a large, curled leaf facing adorned with fluting and volute scrolls. A quarter round protuberance tops each leaf, while the plinth at the base features cavetto molding embellished with a repeating cupped leaf motif. There are minor losses to the cream finish, giving the corbels a weathered appearance. Both corbels also have a rust-colored patina (with one more significant than the other), indicating that the architecturals were once topped by a piece of iron, perhaps a balcony railing.
Our French corbel console table with antique plank top would make a fantastic addition to an entryway, hallway, or living room. As the top is not permanently attached to the base, the corbels can be placed in numerous positions under the plank, allowing for extra flexibility when integrating into a home.
CONDITION: The plank top is in good antique condition (1800’s), with age separations and minor nicks and losses. Slight bend, which is normal for wood of this age. Old fills and inserts visible. Corbels are in good condition as well (1900’s), with light buildup and minor losses to paint and cement.