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LATE BAROQUE SIDE TABLE, INSET LUMACHELLA MARBLE TOP

Italian. Circa 1720.

Measurements

Height: 32 1/2" (82cm)
Width: 45 3/4" (116cm)
Depth: 25 3/4" (65 1/2cm)

ResearchOf carved limewood retaining its original painted marbleized decoration. The shaped inset lumachella marble top with a painted molded edge above a molded frieze with a continuous shaped apron, the whole raised on four square tapering legs carved with acanthus leaves and harebell pendants, the legs joined by a shaped x-stretcher, each raised on a shaped foot. Very old repair to marble top. 

Originating in 17th century Italy, particularly in Rome, the baroque style is characterized by curvaceous and heavily carved design, replete with architectural elements, with pieces often “intended as sculptural decorations for a gallery or hall rather than as useful objects.”1 The present side table is a late baroque example of architectonic form, composed of “boldly carved supports incorporating…fronds of acanthus.”2 A further element typical of the baroque employed in the table is the carved lambrequin frieze. Lastly, the flat x-stretcher is an Italian conceit that appears on baroque tables, secretaries and seat furniture of the early 18th century.

Full research report available on request.

Full research report available on request.