Gervais Durand (1839-1920)
Pair of Louis XVI style consoles
After a model by Jean-Henri Riesener (1734-1806)
Dimensions: H. 97 x W. 144 x D. 56 cm for each
Very nice pair of large mahogany consoles from Cuba, with lively sides. They open on the front by a large lock drawer. On the sides, the opening of two shelves is blocked by a pusher in secret under the belt. The solid mahogany uprights, of square section with hollow corners of a wide groove, are tapered down and joined by a spacer. The upper plate, the base of the belt and the spacer are decorated with ingot molds in chased and gilded bronze. Also chiseled and golden, a beautiful ornamentation of bronzes decorates these consoles: hooves, rings, keyholes and framing sticks, perfectly match the volumes of mahogany. Surrounded by their mold, the top and the spacer are in white marble.
These superb pieces of furniture are stamped by Gervais-Maximilien Eugène Durand, an emblematic figure of the most renowned cabinetmakers of the second half of the 19th century. They can be compared to the work of Jean-Henri Riesener from which they reproduce several elements from the decorative repertoire, such as the tapered feet with square sections decorated with a simple gilt bronze marquee or the use of the most beautiful mahogany.
These consoles present analogies with that delivered by Riesener for the small dining room of Queen Marie-Antoinette at the Petit Trianon, where it is still kept.
Price : on request