19th Century French Louis XIV Hand-Sculpted Walnut Console

2202-1743 (Click to Inquire About This Item)

41H x 72W x 15D

Location: Baton Rouge


19th Century French Louis XIV Hand-Sculpted Walnut Console is an extraordinary one-of-a-kind masterpiece of the cabinetmaker's art!  Created from sumptuous hand-select French walnut, it features a spacious top surrounded by a half-bullnose beveled edge carved with stippling and intermittent, evenly spaced vine leaf rosettes.  Support is provide by four elaborately scrolled legs, making it self-supporting.  Each leg is carved with a bold escargot at the bottom above the tipped feet, transitioning to the shoulder which is lavished with lush ferns with an alert rabbit peeking out from the foliage at the top of the leg!  Even the back legs are beautifully carved, connected with a finely carved side apron.  The front apron, however, steals the show with a stunning pierce-carved centerpiece representing the struggle of survival at the center, with a hawk and a fresh kill surrounded by the forest foliage, extending outwards towards the edges with vine and natural wood motifs.  Perhaps inspired by Black Forest traditional themes and craftsmanship, it has been executed to a level of sculpture that is exceptionally lifelike and realistic, making this a work of art to be treasured by your family for generations to come!
Circa 1870s
Measures 41H x 72W x 15D