Furniture crafted in the onset of Louis XV was greatly influenced by the styles of the preceding periods. Between 1730 and 1750, menusiers, or French woodworkers, shifted to creating more extravagant items, with décor inspired by nature, known as Rococo style.
Rococo furniture, such as this giltwood and breche d’alep marble console, is known for asymmetrically carved elements. Notice how the top medallion and the large bottom noix of the giltwood base are comprised of pierced and curled leaves with disproportionate sides. The leaves of both elements spread laterally, delicately textured with fluting and dotted by flowers. Behind the vegetation is a diaper patterned background of lozenges inset with roundels.
Gilded wood was used less frequently during Louis XV, typically reserved for mirrors and consoles. As with most Louis XV consoles, the base has been topped by an overhanging marble with molded fore-edges and a quarter round finish. The 1 ½” thick golden colored top has red, black, and white inclusions and is supported by two large legs adorned with C-scrolls, counter curves, and curled leaves. At the base of each leg is a sprawling curled leaf that terminates in a volute scroll foot.
Breche D’Alep marble was first quarried in France in 1712. It was a premier marble, used to adorn furnishings and fireplaces well into the 1800s. The quarries were widely depleted making it all but extinct, and thus quite rare.
Our Louis XV giltwood and marble console table was hand-carved in France, circa 1750. Designed to stand against a wall, the table can be used in many rooms throughout the house, from an entry or hallway, to between two windows in a living room. The lively carvings and shaped marble make it an elegant statement piece.
CONDITION: Good strong condition with wear commensurate to age and use, including some losses to marble top and giltwood base. Light scratches to marble and small age separations to giltwood. Old repairs to both the marble and the base including re-painting. Please see photos.
H - 32 1/2, W - 44 1/2, D - 19 3/4
Louis XV Giltwood and Breche D’Alep Marble Console Table from France, Circa 1750
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