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A MOST UNUSUAL DEMILUNE CONSOLE TABLE ALL COVERED IN FINELY WORKED LEATHER

Possibly American. Last Quarter of the Nineteenth or Early Twentieth Century.

Measurements

Height: 28 3/4"
Depth: 21 1/4"
Width: 42 1/4".

Research
Of wood, entirely covered in tooled brown leather. The demilune shaped top densely worked with repeating classical foliate designs and lion monopodiae. The raised edge decorated with repeating inverted acroterae above a three panel frieze set with laurel branch and berry decoration. Each tapering leg headed by a panel decorated with paterae with repeating ‘sunflower’ heads of diminishing size below. The outer back rail of the table similarly decorated.

Marks:
Inscribed on right upper corner of table top:
‘AURO’

Provenance:
A grand Connecticut estate.

The present table is very rare in being a large item of furniture entirely covered in leather, worked with an intricate design.

Precedent does exist in the late Renaissance for small table coffers all of tooled leather, sometimes with figural and arabesque designs. Later on during the eighteenth century drawer fronts were occasionally clad in leather, for example, on bureaux à cartonniers, items of furniture that sat at the end of a bureau plat as a form of filing system.

However, the present table is remarkable for being a large standalone item in this medium. Interestingly, its decoration draws from the neoclassical canon of ornament, including lion monopodiae, a swan and laurel leaf, all within a restrained English demi-lune form.

Full research report available on request.

Full research report available on request.