An Important Régence Style Carved Giltwood Console Table
An Important Régence Style Carved Giltwood Console Table

An Important Régence Style Carved Giltwood Console Table

c. 1870 France

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An Important Régence Style Carved Giltwood Console Table After the Model Attributed to Jules Degoullons for the Château de Bercy.

This impressive carved giltwood console table has a shaped 'arc en arbalète', rance de Belgique marble top above a conforming shaped frieze. The frieze is finely carved with scrolling acanthus leaves on a diapered background and centred by an elaborately carved winged scallop shell motif. The scrolling legs take the form of intersecting acanthus carved 'C'-scrolls with expressive Satyr masks, united by a stretcher centred by a shell motif, and goat-hoof feet.

This fine console table is based on an 18th century model designed and made circa 1713 by the sculptor Jules Degoullons and his atelier, for the Duc de Bercy (Charles-Henri II de Malon de Bercy), for the Château de Bercy under the auspices of the Société pour les Bâtiments du Roi. The table is noted as being in the 'grand cabinet' in an inventory drawn up following the Duc's death in 1742: 'Une table de marble d'Antin de 4 pds  de long sur son pied en console de bois dore'.

This original location is confirmed by illustrated drawings of the panelling and decoration at Bercy, made prior to the demolition of the Château in 1861, by the architect Froelicher (published by Deshairs, 1911). The console was purchased by Napoleon III at the auction of the contents of the Château in July 1860 and entered the national collections and now resides in the Louvre (inv. no. OA 5088).

The newly formed national collections formed an important point of study and inspiration for the talented ébénistes of the second half of the 19th century such as François Linke, Henry Dasson and Paul Sormani. A carved centre table in the régence style in the national collections, also designed by Jules Degoullons, and supplied for the Château de Bercy, is known to have been a model made by François Linke and supplied to the Grosvenor Square home of Elias Meyer.
Dimensions
Height 85.00 cm (33.46 inches)
Width 182.00 cm (71.65 inches)
Depth 67.00 cm (26.38 inches)
Stock Code
B71060
Medium
Carved Giltwood
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