ITALIE (PIÉMONT) FIN DU XVIIe SIÈCLE, DÉBUT DU XVIIIe SIÈCLE
Walnut and royal red marble
H. 88 cm, W. 146 cm, D. 76 cm
This console with a perspective top rests on four richly sculpted baluster feet with scrolls, gadroons, acanthus leaves, rings, fleurons and capitals. The top is molded with a scrolled outline forming protrusions at the corners. The belt is adorned at the centre with an imposing openwork cartouche decorated with a feminine bust on a grid pattern background, bordered by large, floral, facing volutes. Similar volutes highlight the small sides. A rich X-shaped spacer, composed of a series of flattened volutes forming a central cartouche punctuated by an acanthus palmette, connects the feet.
This console is characteristic of late 17th-century northern Italian production. Its structural scheme and sculpted repertoire resonate directly with the consoles made in the Lombard workshops of that period, as well as with Piedmontese consoles now in the collections of the Palazzo Reale in Turin (figs. 1 and 2).
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