A PAIR OF SOUTH ITALIAN ROSEWOOD AND FRUITWOOD CONSOLE TABLES WITH PIETRE DURE TOPS CIRCA 1830, PROBABLY NAPLES
the table tops with breccia di Seravezza, giallo antico, rosso antico, verde antico, breccia di settebasi, on a lion-supports raised on a platform with inlays
92cm. high, 135cm. wide, 57cm. deep; 3ft.¼in., 4ft. 5⅛in., 1ft. 10½in.
These tables are in overall good conserved condition. There are repairs to the top moulding of the base with small sections replaced. Small repairs to veneers. Generally with old marks and scratches consistent with age and use. Evidence of an old woodworm activity which no longer appears to be active - some woodworm holes have been filled. Structurally sound. The tops with old marks and scratches and minor chips to edges, as usual.
Ready to be placed.
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This pair of impressive tables raised on lion leg supports with contrasting light and dark woods and refined inlay of flowerheads, foliage, stylised anthemions is typical of the South Italian production of the 1830s and 1840s. Other examples are illustrated in E. Colle, Il Mobile dell’Ottocento in Italia, Milan, 2007, pp.50-53. A related table with similar carved leg supports in the form of a lion is illustrated in G. Wannenes, Mobile d’Italia, L’Ottocento, Milan, 1987, p.204, no.398 and another pair was sold Sotheby’s London, Of Royal and Noble Descent, 19 January 2017, lot 170.