9040

A MAGNIFICENT REGENCY GILTWOOD CONSOLE TABLE

English. Circa 1810.

Measurements

Height: 42" (106.5cm)
Width: 65 1/2" (166cm)
Depth: 30 1/2" (77cm)

Research

Of giltwood and ebony. The Bianco e Nero rectangular marble top above the cavetto frieze carved with foliate decoration, the frieze edged above with egg and dart moulding and below with tongue and dart moulding and carved to the angles with stiff leaf decoration, the top supported by two winged monopodia, each with a lion’s mask and terminating in a paw foot, the mirror-inset back flanked by two panelled pilasters, the whole raised on an ebony plinth base with brass-line inlay and eared corners.

Provenance:
Collection of Don Jose Lico, Lisbon

This sumptuous giltwood console table reflects the opulent and boldly masculine taste of the giltwood furniture made for the Prince Regent, later George IV, to furnish his great London mansion Carlton House.

A pair of console tables made for Carlton House by Tatham Bailey and Sanders in January 1814 shares the scale and grandeur of the present piece and mirrors its basic form. An impressively weighty marble top rests on a broad decorated frieze raised on carved giltwood supports to either end with a mirrored back to the reverse flanked by pilaster uprights. The whole is then set on a plinth base, confirming the table’s powerful presence1. In those tables seated griffins of conventional neo-classical design form the uprights to either end: in the present table the top is raised on more unusual monopods, with elaborate winged lions, with scaled chests, raised on a single paw foot. The use of ebony veneer and brass inlay on the plinth further adds to the luxurious and monumental appearance of the table.

Full research report available on request.

Full research report available on request.