A pair of Antique Giltwood Console Tables
A pair of Antique Giltwood Console Tables
A pair of Antique Giltwood Console Tables
A pair of Antique Giltwood Console Tables

In the manner of WILLIAM KENT (1685-1748)

A pair of Antique Giltwood Console Tables

c. 1880 England

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A Fine Pair of Console Tables in the Manner of William Kent

Of arc-en-arbalette form, constructed in giltwood, with marble platforms. The swept and channeled legs rest on oblate bun feet, the toes and shoulders being adorned with oak leaves and a comprehensive imbricated pattern, terminating in eagle's heads. The birds' beaks hold a running garland of fruit and flowers, issuing from centred scallop shells, the allegorical representations of regeneration, and the divine feminine principle of creation. The friezes are adorned with addorsed Vitruvian scrolls; over, ovolo mouldings frame and support the platforms of shaped Rouge Royale marble.

A similar pair of consoles of this markedly Kentian design are to be found at Longford Castle, near Salisbury home of the Earls of Radnor for almost half a millennium.

'William Kent, Designing Georgian Britain', Yale University Press, pub.2014 shows an almost identical console table on pp 495, designed for the Blue Room of Chiswick House, commissioned by the Fourth Earl of Burlington, circa 1727-1732 from Mr Kent.
Height 102.00 cm (40.16 inches)
Width 152.50 cm (60.04 inches)
Depth 62.50 cm (24.61 inches)
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154 Kensington Church Street
W8 4BN

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