Rare wall console, with two feet, in polychrome oak.
Model finely carved and openworked with an abundant rocaille decoration simulating the plant and animal kingdom.
The front crosspiece is largely openwork with acanthus clasps and garlands of flowers and is centered with an asymmetrical crest.
The two uprights simulating branches present acanthus in cock's crest in the upper part and are finished by feet with interior scrolls.
They are connected by a brace centered by an asymmetrical rocaille framed by wings of birds, all supported by a bouquet of acanthus.
The console is presented in its original ols lacquer with subtle shades (grey-blue, water green, soft pink).
The front side yellowed by successsive layers of wax, small scattered retouching and resumption of lacquer, especially on the blue rechampis.
Original marble « rouge de Rance », molded with a curve and decorated with a cavet.
Very good condition.
Parisian work of the Louis XV period around 1740.
Height : 78 cm ; Width : 128 cm ; Depth : 65 cm.
Our view :
The abundance of the decoration and the rare form with multiple projections of our console place it at the beginning of the Louis XV period in the 1740s.
This period will mark the beginning of an asymmetrical rocaille decoration that will imitate the plant and animal kingdom thanks to a profusion of sculptures combined with a vivid polychromy.
The complexity of the decoration and the search for balance undeniably show us that it is the fruit of the research of an architect.
The oak wood, the presence of a "Vieux Rance" marble and the purity of the design of the legs point to a Parisian production, even if the inspiration is to be found in the designs of the ornamentalist Johann Michael Hoppenhaupt who worked at the court of Frederick II of Prussia.
His very exuberant yet balanced style will mark the apogee of the German "Rococo", which will remain unequalled in terms of the abundance of sculpture and the quality of the lacquers used.