9105 A FINELY CARVED WALNUT BAROQUE PERIOD CONSOLE TABLE WITH HERM SUPPORTS WEARING FLORAL NECKLACES Possibly North Germany. Late Seventeenth or Early Eighteenth century. Measurements: Height: 35″ (89 cm); Width at top: 35″ (88.9 cm); At widest point: 37 1/5″ (94 cm); Depth: 25″ (64 cm).
Of walnut. The replaced rectangular black scagliola top above the frieze carved with interlocking guilloche bands, arrows and stylized floral decoration, the frieze above a ribbon-twist molding, the whole raised on four shaped legs each in the form of a putto bust hung with garlands above scrolling foliate carving and terminating in a paw foot, the legs joined by a scrolling x-shaped stretcher centered by a carved octagonal paneled plinth surmounted by a foliate finial. Minor repairs. Later internal reinforcements to frieze frame.
The leading decorative arts curator at the Rijksmuseum, Dr. Reinier Baarsen, confidently asserts that the ambitious design of the present table suggests it was made for a court-like setting; he states that the distinctive carving of its figures is of the same hand as appears on a walnut cupboard of North German origin sold by Sotheby’s Amsterdam, 6 April 2004, Lot 68.
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