Giuseppe Mazzariol, Mobili Italiani del Seicento e del Settecento, Milan, MCMLXIV, p. 104, for a related Sicilian console table with the same attenuated carving in the centre of the apron, as on the present tables.
This unusual model with six legs may, on initial consideration, appear to be of Lombard origin because of its flame like type of carving. However, upon closer inspection the carving is not as precise and lacks some of the movement found on Lombard examples. The treatment of the rocaille carving is reminiscent of Neapolitan carving and that combined with the faux marble top, a typical feature found upon Sicilian furniture, would seem to confirm a Sicilian origin.
A related Sicilian silvered console table with a similarly carved frieze was offered for sale from the Hobbs Collection, Phillips, New York, 4 June 2002, lot 29. See also another console with six legs, in the Museo Nazionale di Trapani, Sicily, illustrated in G. Chiesa, Il Settecento, Milano, 1974, page 119. Another comparable console is preserved in the Palazzo Reale di Torino, dated circa 1750 and illustrated in V. Viale, ed. Mostra del baroco piemontese, Turin, 1963, pl. 63.
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