Console tables were regarded as architectural elements in 18th-century French and German interiors and were often designed by architects to complement the carved decoration on wall paneling and mirror frames. They often came in pairs. This particular table is exquisite and unusually petite.
It may be French but is substantial in construction enough to be German. It comes from a German family of substance. It has a lovely white thick beveled marble top which measures 27” wide by 13” deep (at the central serpentine scallop) by .75-1” thick. The base measures approx. 24.75, approx 27-27.5” high. the floral and scroll carvings are elaborate and classic to the Rococo period. The construction is tongue and groove with pegs. The interior corner braces appear to be later additions for stability and are screwed. The wood looks like the traditional Lime or Linde tree and shows all the tooling of hand carving.
Condition is very good and original with fine heavy gold leaf. There are some splatters of a black substance that can be removed. We suggest a knowledgeable preservationist due to the rarity and original condition of this superb period piece. We very carefully used a fingernail and were able to remove a small area, but do not want to damage the piece by doing it ourselves. There is an age break as pictured in the drapery which is intact but needs gluing. The drapery is supported by heavy wires as shown in the pictures..
Provenance of this 18th Century Period Rococo Antique: Our client’s predecessors are from the Fenk/Diner Linage in Southern Germany whose roots trace to the 17th Century in Rosenheim, a Bavarian German town at the confluence of the Inn and Mangfall Rivers, an ancient and continuing cross point of trade and commerce. This substantial family owned a brewery with an inn at the front of the brewery. They owned substantial land and natural springs which were essential to the brewery. Every year their Inn was one of the stations for the Corpus Christi (Fronleichnam) Procession. The station angel scene, the table and the faience pitcher ewer vase offered are all three from this estate and period 18th century. (sa-2)