Offered by Franck Baptiste Provence
French Regional and Parisian furniture
Series of three consoles and three overmantels, Provence circa 1750
Rare series comprising three console tables with four legs and three trumeaux of woodwork.
The consoles with rococo decoration with large openwork crosspieces on the front and on the sides and centered with asymmetrical acanthus.
The "gun dog" legs are finished with inward windings.
The whole is embellished with abundant sinuous branches.
Red veined gray marble top.
Width: 130cm; Height: 86cm; Depth: 63cm
The trumeaux on a background of cream lacquered woodwork are made up of violin-shaped borders intertwined with oak branches, with acanthus spread out in spandrels, a shell decorated with flowers in the lower part and a large cockscomb acanthus at the top.
Each trumeau has its two original mercury glasses.
Height: 175 cm, 180 cm and 210 cm by 110, 118 and 132 cm wide.
Provençal work from the lower Rhône valley, Louis XV period around 1750.
Original gilding, exceptional quality of sculpture.
Provenance: Private mansion in Burgundy
Our opinion :
The series that we are presenting is exceptional both in terms of the number of pieces (6) and the quality of the decoration and the sculpture.
If there is no doubt that this set was made in Provence and intended for the large living room of a private mansion in Burgundy, it is very surprising to note that the master sculptor who made our series was perfectly in harmony with the Parisian fashion of the 'era.
The intervention of a great Parisian architect and decorator on a global decoration site is very likely as the line remains pure despite a decorative overload which differs completely from the current and heavier productions of the workshops of the Rhone Valley.
Our consoles are also to be compared to the hunting tables delivered in 1737 by Roumier and in 1747 by the Foliot brothers for the castle of Versailles (Inv 1034).