Denis Genty was received as master ébéniste into the Paris Cabinetmakers' Guild in 1754 and because of strict guild regulations would not have been authorised to provide carved console tables, firescreens or chairs, which fell under the aegis of the Joiners' Guild, the Compagnie des Menuisiers. However, like many 18th-century ébénistes he acted as both a manufacturer and a retailer, and it is likely he added his stamp to this console as a seller. The slightly smaller console table sold as lot 1240 in this sale appears to be en suite and was probably also sold by Genty.
Beautifully carved, with repaired breaks to pierced cartouches in frieze and stretcher, and leaf tip at bottom of frieze cartouche replaced. Regilded with losses to gilding throughout. Marble with old repaired break. Stamped on proper left front corner. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.