Epitomizing the early Beaux Artes aesthetic, this exquisite antique Italian console is completely hand-carved from solid walnut, and has survived with its original gesso & painted finish. Although the artistic execution occurred in Italy, it exudes the essence of the Louis XVI style. Classic motifs abound, beginning with the lovely rinceau apron which consists of solid blocks of walnut carved with splendid bas relief. Below the apron are magnificent garlands carved from single blocks with exceptionally detailed full relief, centered by the classic torchere & carquois de flèches motif. Italian artisans are legendary in their abilities to sculpt wood and stone, and this console was produced on a grand scale to perfectly illustrate that noted fact. Also original to the piece, the beautifully veined, Italian marble top completes the look. Inspired by the academic classical architectural style, this piece embodies such an approach to a regenerated spirit within the grand traditions of Greco-Roman designs.
Italy, Circa 1860s.
Measures 37H x 67W x 20.5D.