11590 A NEOCLASSICAL PERIOD EBONIZED AND GILTWOOD SIDE TABLE OF HIGHLY UNUSUAL DESIGN Italian, Possibly Parma. Third Quarter of the Eighteenth Century. Measurements: Height: 35 1/8″ (89.2 cm) Width: 55 3/4″ (141.6 cm) Depth: 25 3/8″ (64.4 cm).
Of ebonized wood and giltwood. The veined gray marble top is inset into a raised square edging above a frieze decorated on three sides with foliate carved and gilt swag and pendant pattern. The four legs each with square section upper part decorated with turned gilded roundels from which hang foliate pendants. The lower half of the legs of reverse fluted tapering form terminating in a pointed toe. Some applied giltwood carved sections replaced in stucco.
The most unusual geometric shaping the of the legs of the present table has no known parallel in European furniture. As can be seen, each is formed of a square section to its midpoint which is joined to a lower half which is of curious, sharply-tapering and fluted profile, with pointed toe, giving an overall effect of crystal prism pendants found on fine chandeliers of a similar date.
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