Rare game table in solid walnut resting on four legs.
The front cross member is finely carved with openwork arabesques and adorned with a bust of a woman in a gadrooned medallion.
The four feet in staples "in gun dog" simulating hocks ending in deer hooves.
They are surmounted by imposing Indian heads positioned at 45 degrees.
Sporting broad smiles and beaded earrings, they are capped with feathers that support and flush with the marble top as their braids fall over their shoulders and finish their races tied together under the chin.
Thick (4 cm) original marble top in banded Campan marble, molded with a corbin beak and underlined with a cavet.
Original patina, very good quality of wood, with a very tight grain walnut.
Very good condition, small used restorations; the acanthus base under the medallion returned by us.
Work attributable to Bernard Honoré Turreau dit Toro *, Aix en Provence at the end of the Louis XIV period around 1710-1715.
Width: 159 cm; Depth: 79 cm; Height: 88 cm
* Bernard Honoré Turreau said Bernard Toro born in Toulon in 1672 and died in the same city on January 26, 1731 is a French sculptor.
Toro manufactures numerous consoles, doors and various elements of woodwork for its Provencal customers.
In 1716 he published a collection of his models and various ornaments comprising 115 plates engraved on copper with etching or with a chisel by Charles-Nicolas Cochin, François Joullain, etc. and published by Dubuisson.
The great originality of inspiration of the artist is a mixture of Parisian models and Italian baroque, he is one of the champions of the Renaissance style. Very few of his works, which are mainly found in private homes, are attributed to him with certainty.
Our opinion :
The game table that we present is exceptional, because it is attributable to one of the greatest Provencal sculptors of the 18th century.
Everything on our table refers to the imagination of Bernard Toro, the elegant bust in a medallion, the openwork arabesques perforating sunflowers, or the famous Indian heads symbolizing America.
We find these decorative motifs in his collection of drawings published in 1716 ("table book of various shapes invented by Toro") published by Dubuisson.
It is interesting to note that the engraving with the bust of a woman is reversed in the collection, in accordance with the "mirror effect" which reverses the direction of the drawing on the engravings and which proves in passing that our console was designed according to the original drawing.
The high quality of a tight-grained walnut that shows no knots or imperfections, the finesse of the details that are engraved in the primer on the golden models or the sublime original patina are all proof that our table was designed to be left natural, in accordance with the fashion in force in Provence and other productions of the master.
Toro's style plays on a strong contrast combining power and delicacy, power when he treats Indian heads with great prominence like a ship's prow, recalling that he is above all a sculptor of the navy, delicacy when, despite the thickness of the marble, these caryatids retain gracious smiles, or when, like a challenge, they retain fragile arabesques in the central part and fine clogs to support the whole.
It is the Louis Quatorze Aix style, with these graceful caryatids that can be found everywhere on the mansions of the city with its thousand fountains.
Our table, a true masterpiece of Provencal sculpture, was probably produced during the artist's second stay in the 1710s, a few years before the collection was released (1716).
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Price : on request
Price : on request