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A carved giltwood console table

Régence, circa 1720

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PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN

A carved giltwood console table

Régence, circa 1720

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A carved giltwood console table

Régence, circa 1720

with a moulded fossilised mottled grey, peach and white marble top above a serpentine frieze centred by a stylised scallopshell within a pierced c-scroll cartouche carved with scrolling acanthus and foliage on a trelliswork ground, on pierced scrolled cabriole legs headed by a scallopshell and carved with flowers and foliage, on inward scrolled feet joined by a pierced shaped stretcher carved with foliage, scrolls and shells, the carcass incised with Roman numerals I-IV; gilding worn and some minor retouching to gilding in places
82cm. high, 150cm. wide, 60cm. deep; 2ft.8¼in., 4ft.11in., 1ft.11½in.
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Catalogue Note

Comparative Literature:
Bruno Pons, De Paris à Versailles 1699-1736, Universités de Strasbourg, 1983, pl. 512.
T. A. Strange, French interiors, Furniture, Decoration, During the 17th and 18th centuries, London, p. 230. 

This finely carved console table belongs to a group of ingeniously designed and intricately carved tables, probably executed by a sculptor of great skill in the league of Legoupil, Taupin and Degoullons, who were active in the first and second quarters of the 18th century. The carving reflects the designs of François Roumier (1690/1700-1748), see Pons, op. cit., plate 511, for an engraving for a console table from François Roumier's Livre de plusieurs Desseins de pieds de tables en console...(pl. 1-6), Paris, Bibl. d'Art et d'Archéologie (Cat. C*)-reproduced here in fig.1.  

It is also worthwhile considering designs for console tables by Nicholas Pineau, illustrated by Strange, op. cit., p. 230, with a simlarly carved c-scroll cartouche on the frieze and scallopshell on the knees.

François Roumier (d. 1748):
He was the celebrated French ornamental sculptor and furniture designer and is recorded in Paris from 1716 onwards. In 1721, he became the sculpteur du roi and worked at the royal palaces on boiseries and other carved furniture and fittings for the next ten years alongside, although independent from, Degoullons and his partners. His carved and giltwood furniture was outstanding such as the side-table made for the Cabinet du roi at Versailles in 1730-31 and still in situ.

Nicolas Pineau ( 1684-1754):
He was the son of a sculptor and the former Nicolas was a leading rococo designer and the creator along with Meissonnier of the genre pittoresque (1730-35). Pineau was born in Paris and architecturally trained and began his career in Russia (1716-26), where he accompanied the architect Leblond. He designed boiseries for Peter the Great's cabinet at Peterhof circa 1720. On his return to Paris, he became one of the most fashionable designers and his clientèle included a number of financiers and members of the nobility and in 1744, he decorated the celebrated pavilion de Croix-Fontaine. Some of his designs were engraved during his lifetime by Jean Mariette (1660-1742) and edited in l'Architecture Française (lst edition 1727) and circulated widely.

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