Console from Comtat Venaissin in ironwork, from the 18th century.
Contadine wall console from the papal enclave in Avignon ironwork of rectangular scalloped and curved shape. There is no cabinet-making but locksmithing, here everything is only white-hot metal, the iron is beaten and hot-forced in powerful wooden molds, the sheet metal is pushed back onto sculpted dies and then chiseled for it. to be finally gilded with the leaf. The union of the two materials is only achieved by riveting, keying and eyelets. The belt, which is as thin as it is opulent as it is fyke with greedy curves, rests on a base with a double decreasing evolution of involute brackets in gunfire; as lively as they are nervous, they are united by a bridge spacer centered with an acanthus leaf. Everything is a harmonious assembly of fine volutes, pigtails, and other foliage just as lively as they are sharp without forgetting growing pearls and acanthus leaves and natural foliage, all assembled thanks to crushed eyelets, here everything is beaten flattened and forced on the anvil once taken out of the oven of the master locksmith. The whole is capped with a marble sheet in breach of Aleppo. This, improperly called Aleppo, is made up of angular fragments of yellowish, orange, gray, brown and purplish black encrusted in a gravelly yellow cement. This marble, known since Antiquity, has been widely used since the 17th century came from a quarry located near Aix en Provence, in Le Tholonnet, which has since dried up. The Marquis de Gallifet sent samples of this marble to the sisters of King Louis XVI. In their honor, the marble momentarily took the name of “Brèche Mesdames”. This so specific work of the Venaissins master locksmiths gives this atypical console all its letters of nobility; we find there the exuberance of midday combined with the theatrical taste of an all-Italian magnificence.
The inventories of Father G Arnaud D'Agnel in his work; The Provençal and Comtadin furnishing furniture, volume one, part three plates CXXVII and CXXVIII teach us that some Aix, Marseillais or Avignon mansions had such rooms, the Davignon castle in the Camargue apart from an example kept its console since the 18th century .
It should be noted that for reasons of ease of fixing, one of its former owners drilled the rear cross member in order to fix it more easily, whereas it traditionally rested on brackets inked in the wall.
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