A Rare Chippendale Period Carved Giltwood Console Table
The replaced calcatta viola marble top above a fluted frieze with an egg and dart moulding above and a ribbon and flower moulding below, standing on cabriole legs which are acanthus carved to the knee and terminate in lion paw feet.
The strong architectural form of this table led Herbert Cescinsky, the leading early 20th Century furniture historian, to term this type of furniture architects' furniture. These tables often played a key element in the decorative scheme such as the console tables by Robert Adam for Osterley Park, Middlesex. It should be noted that the table is rare in having six legs and was clearly commissioned as the central piece in a lavish interior by a wealthy patron.
The design of this table is transitional between the free flowing Rococo in the vigorous acanthus carving to the legs and their cabriole form and the more severe Neoclassicism of the later 18th Century seen in the frieze. The table's design is closely related to a drawing executed by the most famous of cabinet-makers, Thomas Chippendale in 1760.
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The Age of Mahogany, P. Macquoid
Furniture in England 1660-1760, F. Lenygon, pg. 134
The More Significant Georgian Furniture, F. Hinckley, pg. 129
Osterley Park, Middlesex, E. Harris
English Furniture Designs of the Eighteenth Century, P. Ward-Jackson