This handsome pair of English ball and claw console tables, from the mid to late 1700’s, are fitted with shaped, green marble tops. The cabriole legs with feet that resemble a claw grasping a ball was a design element that was highly popular in the middle of the 18th century in England (Thomas Chippendale). The tables are made from a wonderful natural colored wood with a faint hint of parcel whitewash. The front of each table has been recently retrofitted to allow the facades to open as drawers.
The highly shaped jade marble tops have darker green inclusions and white veining, offering a beautiful contrast to the lightly colored wood. Beneath the cavetto molding of each top is four cabriole legs that terminate in a ball and claw foot. There is a large, sinuous leaf embellishing the top convex bend of each leg. The aprons on the sides and fronts have been carved in a sinuous fashion with a thin layer of molding. Additional elements adorn the front façade, with a large, scalloped shell and foliate rinceaux above a pair of facing volutes.
Our pair of 18th century ball and claw consoles are versatile tables that can be used with a variety of interior styles. Place them against a wall, flanking an item such as a sofa or mantel, for a pair of grand statement pieces.
CONDITION: Good antique condition, with wear commensurate to age and use, including minor separations and traces of old wood worm. The marble tops are not original to the consoles, but they are antique. The drawers were fashioned more recently. Uneven finish