Carved wood and gilded console top is of breche d'Aleppe marble; frame and stretchers covered with a profusion of ornament; legs in front are double - all entwined with laurel. The stretcher supports a large classical vase with a Greek border surmounted with an acorn finial and draped with floral garlands and laurel sprays. On every part of the table are eloborate floral swags. Louix XVI period.

Console table, c. 1775-1800

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Below the tabletop, a sculpted still life celebrates its aristocratic owner’s taste and achievements. The covered vase, crowned by a pinecone, refers to ancient Greece and Rome, as do the laurel leaves and berries, which were reserved for emperors, gods, and poets. They are framed on either side by chains of flowers and fruit. It is a table fit for a would-be king, but the French Revolution (1789–99) put a sudden end to these imperial fantasies.

Details
Title
Console table
Artist Life
1732–1806
Role
Artist
Accession Number
27.32
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Carved wood and gilded console top is of breche d'Aleppe marble; frame and stretchers covered with a profusion of ornament; legs in front are double - all entwined with laurel. The stretcher supports a large classical vase with a Greek border surmounted with an acorn finial and draped with floral garlands and laurel sprays. On every part of the table are eloborate floral swags. Louix XVI period.