Hand-carved from salvaged planks of pine in Florence, Italy during the 1900’s, this pair of Louis XVI style demi-lune console tables have been painted a light gray with undertones of white. Each table is shaped in a semicircular fashion, with three tapering and fluted legs above a toupie foot. The legs are not completely cylindrical, with a gadrooned protuberance near the top of each.
The highly detailed aprons are adorned with sprawling rinceaux and floral embellishments. Rinceaux were first seen on ancient Roman buildings, as exacting forms of foliate décor. During the 18th century, specifically the reign of Louis XVI, rinceaux became less rigid, with offshoots placed in less regular intervals and the incorporation of other motifs within the volutes. The recessed panel of rinceaux is slotted between two borders of repeating niches, with the upper row overhanging the rest of the table below.
Louis XVI style is less innovative than its predecessors, choosing to incorporate established motifs into less ostentatious designs. This fact coupled with the neutral color of our Florentine demi-lune tables allows the consoles to be used with many different interior design styles. The tables can also be pushed together to form a tall center table in an entry hall.
CONDITION: Good condition with light losses to paint. Intentional distress to mimic antiquity, such as minor nicks and rubs. The tables are made from salvaged planks, most likely from the late 19th century, while some of the detailed carvings along the façade are formed with a wood putty