ITALIAN GILTWOOD CARVED FIGURAL SIDE TABLE, Probably Venetian, ca. late 19th Century
Item # 305NRO17P
A curvy little piece that presents particularly well when viewed from the side, the undulating structure is quite pleasing to the eye. 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.
It is a gorgeous little detail for a room where a piece juxtaposing of the richness of finely carved gilding and age worn patina would complete the setting.
Measurements: Top is 14" wide x 13" deep approximately; 37" high
Condition Report: Gilt loss w/ many areas of gilt inpainting. Numerous chips/losses: missing pinky, chip to forefinger, chipped leaf under figural, front toe volutes absent, half a leaf missing; other losses. Cracks throughout: crack in the top strengthened from beneath with two screwed blocks.