Rococo Revival Gilt Decorated Antique Figural Plant Stand or Side Table of Continental origin, Probably late 19th Century
This visually unique Rococo Revival Figural Antique Side Table is of complex and delicate composure, a work true to the very essence of the Rococo spirit. The cyma-curve presents powerfully in the form of this flowing work of art, the pedestal of the structure non-linear in form to curve in a perfect serpentine into the terminating toes.
The top is impressed with a cross structure around a repeating motif of stars, a motif that is replicated on every element of this stand from the top to the base. The gadrooned edge of the top umbrella over the figural below, a young boy holding his turban over locks of hair that spill across his forehead. The anamorphic boy-figure transitions into merman with a fish tail and scales below the torso, these joining into the naturalistic foliage covered form of the base. Three curved legs dovetail into the center column of the pedestal, creating a permanent and strong joint, terminating over scrolled toes.
An absolute delight for any serious interior designer or anyone passionate about pieces that make a unique statement; it is beyond striking and will certainly set the temperature for whatever room it becomes a part of. Despite numerous repairs and losses from years of life, it remains in fully functional and mostly sturdy condition, a feat considering it's very delicate design.
Measurements: Top is 14" wide x 13" deep approximately; 37" high
Condition Report: Significant wear and repair throughout. Various nicks, dings, chips and abrasions, including loss of gilt in some places. Figure is missing pinky and has a chip to forefinger; chip in wood on leaf under figural. Cracks throughout the stand, though remaining in somewhat stable condition (depending on what kind of weight will be placed on it - it is a fragile design) - a crack in the top has been stabilized from beneath with two screwed blocks. Front leg is missing the volutes on either side of the toe, other toes likewise repaired or with loss. Half of a leaf is missing. Overall a very attractive piece despite the repairs: please contact us for a large slideshow of additional images for a more full overview of condition.
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Period American Furniture, French Furnishings, Fine Nineteenth Century Art and Sculpture
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