A Fine Matched Pair of Louis XVI Style Console Dessertes
A Fine Matched Pair of Louis XVI Style Console Dessertes
A Fine Matched Pair of Louis XVI Style Console Dessertes
A Fine Matched Pair of Louis XVI Style Console Dessertes
A Fine Matched Pair of Louis XVI Style Console Dessertes
A Fine Matched Pair of Louis XVI Style Console Dessertes
A Fine Matched Pair of Louis XVI Style Console Dessertes

In the manner of ADAM WEISWEILER (1744-1820)

A Fine Matched Pair of Louis XVI Style Console Dessertes

c. 1850 France

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A Fine Matched Pair of Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze Mounted Satinwood and Mahogany Console Dessertes. One Louis XVI, circa 1790, the other made to match circa 1850.

Each console has a concave-sided rectangular top with an inset grey-veined white marble top with three-quarter pierced gallery, above a panelled frieze drawer with beaded edge-banding, the sides similarly decorated, the fluted baluster legs headed by mille raie panels and united by a concave-sided marble undertier, raised on turned tapering feet

Of exceptional quality with finely figured veneer and restrained Neo-classical design, this pair of console tables are an exercise in sophistication and understatement.

With their distinctive mille raie or milled gilt-bronze bands heading the legs, the tables epitomise the refined Louis XVI style of maître-ébéniste Adam Weisweiler. This style of 'antique' or Grecian design was promoted by the marchand-mercier Dominique Daguerre in the last decades of the Ancien Régime for both the French court and increasingly during the 1780's, to the English nobility.

The present consoles relate closely to two in the collection of the Château de Fontainebleau, one (F 640) first placed in the Papal apartment in 1804 and the other placed in the second antechamber of Cardinal Caprara (GME 6756). Though the Fontainebleau consoles are not a pair, both are closely related to the present tables in their silhouette, design and enriched fluted legs.

A console desserte by Weisweiler of related form is illustrated in P. Lemonnier, Weisweiler, Paris, 1983, p.77, whilst similar milled gilt-bronze bands are also to be found on a meuble d'appui illustrated on p.102.
One Louis XVI, circa 1790, the other made to match circa 1850.
Dimensions
Height 87.50 cm (34.45 inches)
Width 129.00 cm (50.79 inches)
Depth 45.50 cm (17.91 inches)
Stock Code
B72602
Medium
gilt-bronze, satinwod and mahogany
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