A Magnificent Carved Giltwood Centre Table With a Marble Top.
French, Circa 1870.
This finely carved table has a shaped marble top above a frieze carved with panels containing scrolling acanthus, cornucopia and caducei, between expressively carved lion’s heads. The tapering legs are finely carved with arrows bound by meandering vines and headed by exuberant fronded and scrolling acanthus. The legs are united by cross stretchers carved with guilloche running pattern and centred by a flower head boss and terminating in toupie feet.
This table is based on an eighteenth century model formerly at Versailles and now preserved at the Château de Compiègne. Popular in the late nineteenth century, it was made by some of the best known ebénistes of the period, including François Linke who exhibited an identical table at the Salon du Mobilier in 1911 and supplied an example to the King of Egypt.