11456 A SUPERBLY CARVED NEOCLASSICAL SIX LEG GILTWOOD SIDE TABLE IN THE FRENCH TASTE IN THE MANNER OF HENRY HOLLAND English. Last Quarter Of The Eighteenth Century. Measurements: Height: 36″ (91.4 cm); Width: 73″ (185.4 cm); Depth: 22″ (55.8 cm).
Of giltwood. The later fleur de pêche marble top above a compartmented frieze with three panels of guilloche applied ornament to the front below a ‘D’ undermold. The panels separated by four classical Apollonian male busts with draped half attire. The square tapering legs each with panels of laurel leaf carving terminating in a double molded foot. The side with a single guilloche panel flaked by foliate carved roundels. The confirming rear two legs each with draped surmount. Gilding nearly all original.
This table, a tour de force of the carver’s art, belongs to a rare moment in late eighteenth century English furniture design, when a small group of England’s elite looked to Louis XVI’s France as the epitome of high taste and refinement in architecture and interior decoration. Among the proponents of this style, the Prince of Wales (later George IV) was the leading figure. Indeed, in their first iteration, the interiors of his London palace, Carlton House, and his coastal retreat at Brighton were heavily influenced by the taste for the Gallic. For both of these projects he engaged the services of the neoclassicist architect, Henry Holland (1745–1806).
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