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PROPERTY OF A LADY

A German carved giltwood console table mid 18th century
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47

PROPERTY OF A LADY

A German carved giltwood console table mid 18th century
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A German carved giltwood console table mid 18th century
with a later fossilised black marble top, regilt; with an illegible paper label on the inside of the rear rail   
91cm. high, 138cm. wide, 70cm. deep; 3ft., 4ft. 6½in., 2ft. 3½in.
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Provenance

Christie’s, Ven House, Somerset, 21-22 June 1999, lot 146

Catalogue Note

Although displaying the movement and fluidity characteristic of the French Rococo, the present table is a fine example of the South German production, spearheaded by the Belgian born, French educated designer François Cuvilliés. He was one of the leading German Rococo architects and designers in the first half of the 18th century who became Court architect in Munich in 1728. From 1738, with engravings by Karl Albert von Lespilliez, he published a series of 300 designs for ornament and boiseries and furniture, which became instrumental in disseminating his personal style in Germany. The present lot uses a number of elements which appear profusely in his designs, such as the latticework to the ground, or the leg profile with acanthus, but doesn’t bear Cuvilliés exaggerated intricacy of carving, resulting in an elegant and well balanced model.

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