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Antique French Empire Period Walnut Console Gilded Bronze Mounts France circa 1810

An impressive antique French Empire period walnut console table circa 1810 with the original gilded bronze mounts. This console is exceptional for several reasons. The first is the unusually shallow depth and the plinth base that stands directly upon the floor. The second is the use of a pair of fully visible tapered columns on both the left and right sides of the front that are set forward to frame the interior panel of the console. In addition the beauty of the gilded bronze mounts seen at both the top and bottom of the four columns as well as the superb pieces applied to the facade of the console give it a tremendously striking effect. The Empire period was when Napoleon I was Emperor of France and all of the furniture created to decorate interiors employed motifs that cemented his relation to and admiration of the motifs of the ancient Classical worlds of Greece and Rome. Balance and symmetry were foremost as they had been during the end of the eighteenth century but Napoleon used imagery such as the pair of winged griffins facing each other as they flank a Clasically shaped urn seen here on the centre panel. Please be sure to enlarge the all of thre photographs provided to see the details in close up high resolution. Interestingly the large panel of walnut that is set between the pairs of columns is an exceptional piece of figured walnut on its own right and the fact that it is used here as background to the brilliance of the gilded bronze mounts is a subtle comment on the value of the materials employed to create this restrained yet lavish console. Acanthus leaves and scrolling decoration in bronze dore is also used in the upper corners for effect as all of these motifs were understood by educated persons for their references to the values of the ancient world. The majority of Empire period furniture was made in and around Paris as it was a new style created after the French revolution and made a direct connection with the new regime in power. Furnishing a large residence in the Empire taste was a signal to all invited guests of the owners connection to the court and a proximity to its power and influence. The sheer luxury of this console table with its gorgeous materials, its historical connection as well as its usefulness in an interior design scheme makes it an exceptionally desirable addition to a twenty-first century world.

# DN014

DIMENSIONS

51.00" w x 12.00" d x 35.75" h

129.54cm w x 30.48cm d x 90.81cm h

$19,478.00

Antique French Empire period walnut console table circa 1810 with the original gilded bronze mounts. This antique French console table is exceptional for several reasons. The first is the unusually shallow depth and the plinth base that stands directly upon the floor. The second is the use of a pair of fully visible tapered columns on both the left and right sides of the front that are set forward to frame the interior panel of the console. In addition the beauty of the gilded bronze mounts seen at both the top and bottom of the four columns as well as the superb pieces applied to the facade of the console give it a tremendously striking effect. The Empire period was when Napoleon I was Emperor of France and all of the furniture created to decorate interiors employed motifs that cemented his relation to and admiration of the motifs of the ancient Classical worlds of Greece and Rome. Balance and symmetry were foremost as they had been during the end of the eighteenth century but Napoleon used imagery such as the pair of winged griffins facing each other as they flank a Clasically shaped urn seen here on the centre panel. Please be sure to enlarge the all of thre photographs provided to see the details in close up high resolution. Interestingly the large panel of walnut that is set between the pairs of columns is an exceptional piece of figured walnut on its own right and the fact that it is used here as background to the brilliance of the gilded bronze mounts is a subtle comment on the value of the materials employed to create this restrained yet lavish console. Acanthus leaves and scrolling decoration in bronze dore is also used in the upper corners for effect as all of these motifs were understood by educated persons for their references to the values of the ancient world. The majority of Empire period furniture was made in and around Paris as it was a new style created after the French revolution and made a direct connection with the new regime in power. Furnishing a large residence in the Empire taste was a signal to all invited guests of the owners connection to the court and a proximity to its power and influence. The sheer luxury of this console table with its gorgeous materials, its historical connection as well as its usefulness in an interior design scheme makes it an exceptionally desirable addition to a twenty-first century world.