Saturday, September 8, 2007

Mahogany console table with gilded and patinated bronze fittings

Mahogany console table with gilded and patinated bronze fittings
Early 19th century
Attributed Pierre Philippe Thomire
Paris
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This console with a marble table-top strikingly decorated with bronze is a splendid example of Empire furniture. Applied to the superb mahogany veneer are bronze fittings with motifs typical of the ornamental decoration of the period — palmettes and stylized lilies. The centre of the underpart is accentuated by a bronze plaque bearing a relief of The Coronation of Virgil. It is a copy of a Wedgwood plaque created from a 1785 model by John Flaxman. At the edges of the underpart are plaques of Mars and Venus. The legs or supports of the table are herms with winged female half-figures in Egyptian-style dresses. Console tables of various shapes were produced in large numbers during the Empire period and placed along the walls in interiors.