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Chest-of-drawers (comò a tre cassetti)

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Description: Painted and parcel gilded wood with gilded bronze mounts and a white marble top. Surviving in an amazing state of preservation, this neoclassical commode is a rare example of Piedmontese furniture of the highest quality. It retains its original shaped white marble top, which rests on a rectangular frame punctuated at the four corners by fluted columnar forms which terminate in spirally fluted baluster shaped feet. The sides of the commode are decorated with lyre forms carved in relief and surrounded by moldings. The front is punctuated by three long drawers, the upper and lower of which are decorated in high relief with carved foliate swags, which are tied with ribbons above the original gilded bronze keyhole escutcheons and drawer pulls, each oval in form and centered by a classical urn. The larger center drawer is compartmentalized by moldings to form two shaped side panels, each decorated with paired foliate branches, flanking a central round panel with a beribboned foliate spray. Mounts identical to those on the other two drawers finish this drawer. The entire piece also retains its original painted decoration; a palette of light aqua blue and cream, highlighted with white on the carved details and gold on the moldings and fluted decorations. After Giuseppe Maria Bonzanigo, Bolgiè was the most talented and acclaimed carver working for the court of the Royal House of Savoy in Turin and the Piedmont. In fact, several important pieces of furniture, formerly attributed to Bonzanigo, have now been given to Bolgiè. The inventive mixture of neoclassical ornament, all crisply carved, on this chest-of-drawers is characteristic of Bolgiè’s work, including two other commodes made for the Palazzo Reale in Turin. The distinctive light blue, cream and white decor of this commode with its carved beribboned swags relates directly to Bolgiè’s most famous piece of furniture, a bookcase cabinet made for the Savoia’s hunting lodge at Stupinigi, the Palazzina di Caccia. Another example of Bolgiè’s commodes is at the Villa Accorsi, in the Scorcio Salone on the first floor

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Price: $145,000

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Walnut, fruitwood, kingwood and pine chest-of-drawers (cassettone a tre cassetti) with bronze hardware

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Description: This finely executed neoclassical commode has a rectangular overhanging top, centrally inlaid with a mythological couple in costume, all within quarter veneered panels of kingwood within a trailing vine border. The frieze drawer is inlaid with portrait medallions, flower filled urns and garland swags, above two drawers sensa traversa centered with the reverse figural medallion within a trailing vine border. Each of the lower two drawers is fitted with round bronze handles. The sides of the commode are similarly inlaid with figural medallions, while the corner stiles are inlaid with neoclassical vase motifs, which continue on the tapering square legs. An almost identical Milanese marquetry chest-of-drawers is part of the Savoia collection at the Palazzina di Caccia at Stupinigi, near Turin (see N. Gabrielli, Museo dell’Arredamento, Stupinigi, Turin, 1988, fig. 95).

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Price: $75,000

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Lacquered and gilded wood credenza (laccata con alzata)

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Description: This rare credenza and desk for a standing writer has a super structure containing four drawers flanking a central niche above a cabinet section with one shelf and a sliding access to the upper section of the lower body. Typically the Sicilian pieces have reserves with a lighter background with finely painted floral and bird motifs. Outlined with gilded pastiglia in relief. The preferred colors were light and dark blue and orangey-reds. This example with finely painted floral and bird subjects is from the areas outside Palermo where the nobles had their country villas. The condition of this piece is of rare quality.

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Price: $28,800

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Commode with original lacquered wood, marble top, painted moldings and bronze

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Description: This extremely fine two-drawer (sans traverse) Genoese commode is based, as is most Genoese furniture, on the best Parisian designs of the period, but with the addition of the fanciful Italian lacquer work. This piece with its fine gilt bronze mountings with their original finish and its graceful shape is a superlative example of an Italian chest of drawers.

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Price: $76,000

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Rare chinoiserie lacquered á Balestra two-drawer commode (without traverse)

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Description: A very rare chinoiserie lacquered á Balestra two-drawer commode (without traverse) above cabriolé legs with pad feet, with gold and red chinoiserie figural decoration set amidst a fantastical landscape of trees, foliage and pagodas. With its original white molded marble top.

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Price: $72,000

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Piedmontese commode with two drawers

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Description: This Louis XV period Piedmontese two-drawer commode has a serpentine molded marble top above two drawers inlaid with marqueterie de fleurs; above a serpentine apron, the angles embellished with ormolu mounts, raised on cabriole legs with ormolu chutes and sabots. The Piedmontese aristocracy adopted Rococo refinement to suit their own tastes, with marble tops, beautifully grained woods, and marquetry flowers echoing seventeenth century still life paintings. Commodes of this type were very popular in Piedmont, where cabinetmakers followed the form and inlay decoration of French furniture makers, such as Pierre Roussel, a prolific cabinet maker in the mid-eighteenth century, specializing in commodes of marquetry design.

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Price: $51,000

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Genoese Rococo inlaid walnut commodino

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Description: An inlaid walnut commodino with a shaped serpentine top above a conforming case, enclosing three drawers, each with a central inlaid star motif surrounding keyhole escutcheons, flanked by bronze masquerone decorated pulls. The decorative inlaid star motif also centered on the top and sides of the commodino; raised on tapering legs.

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Price: $28,500

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Serpentine bombe form burl walnut commode with marble top

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Description: A Netherlandish commode of serpentine bombe form with its original marble top, shaped mottled grey, above three drawers on cabriole legs, the whole covered with burl walnut; with original fine gilt-bronze hardware.

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Price: $41,250

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Palisander, Tulipwood and Marquetry Commode

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Description: Decorated with floral tendrils and cross-banding, with three drawer inlaid san traverse with a Neoclassical inlaid round, the reverse branded with a Crown and the initial ‘K’ beneath (for King Constantine I of the Hellenes). This commode, executed in quarter-veneered panels of kingwood framed by uprights of Raphaelesque ‘grotesques’, is indicative of the work of the Milanese cabinet-maker Guiseppe Maggiolini. Maggiolini was one of the most celebrated Italian cabinet makers of the Neoclassical period. He worked extensively for the aristocracy of Northern Italy, including Marchese Litta, who, along with the designer Guiseppe Levati, first recognized his talents as an intarsiatore in the 1760’s. His many projects included the furnishing of the Palazzo Ducale in Milan, the Villa Reale in Monza and the Palazzo Ducale in Mantua.

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Price: $75,000

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Coral two-drawer lacquered commodino

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Description: A two-drawer lacquered commodino with sky blue painted reserves with flowers and birds on the front drawers and floral bouquets in vases on the sides with birds; on a coral ground with gilt pastiglia decoration; with a greenish/blue painted faux marble top

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Price: $14,000

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A Directoire painted and carved bergére

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Description: A Directoire painted and carved bergére with tapered and fluted legs with acanthus leaf decoration, the arm rests with circular knobs and carved rosettes in the center, the sides and oval back with rope like carving; the seat rail with carving set inside oval reliefs; with blue velvet upholstery

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Price: $14,400

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A large walnut openwork carved Venetian armchair

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Description: A large walnut arm chair with a cartouche-shaped back centered by open work carving on the crest; elegant out swept armrests over a tight seat with a shaped apron with open work carving on cabriole legs on scrolled feet.

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Price: $14,000

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Pair of polychrome-painted wood armchairs

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Description: A pair of polychrome wood armchairs with moldings and painted floral decoration, each with a pierced cartouche shaped back with a carved shell above an interlaced splat, flanked by out scrolled arms and supported by cabriole legs ending in scrolled toes. With 18th century woven silk fabric from the Annenberg Collection, formerly from the “Rossi Collection”, Sotheby’s London, 10 March 1999.

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Price: $32,000

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Pair of cream painted arm chairs

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Description: A pair of cream painted arm chairs, each with removable back rests and seats. As with most fine eighteenth century chairs this was for the purpose of changing the fabric for special occasions and to honor high ranking guests upon their visits. The cartouche shaped back with floral decorated crest rail; joined by padded arms above a carved seat rail with central floral motif; raised on cabriole legs decorated with bows; terminating in scrolled feet.

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Price: $34,000

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Pair of carved gilt armchairs

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Description: A very finely gilded and carved pair of Neapolitan neoclassic arm chairs with medallion shaped backs with a central carved bow joined by sloped padded arm rests supported by shaped uprights above a circular apron with rosettes atop tapered and fluted legs resting on toupie feet.

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Price: $17,000

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Pair of carved and gilded wood Roman Neoclassical side chairs

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Description: Each side chair with cartouche shaped backs with a central oval medallion on the crest rail with classical portraits of a man and woman surrounded by gilded beading. The apron with arched carving and a central acanthus leaf motif flanked by carved rosettes within blocked corners above tapered fluted legs terminating with acanthus leaf carved feet.

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Price: $13,000

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Pair of painted and gilded Neoclassical chairs

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Description: A pair of painted and gilded neoclassic armchairs with a square back with a circular upholstered back within a painted and gilded border; surrounded by gilded and carved floral motif. The apron with gilded rosettes above tapered legs with gilded fluting above toupie feet.

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Price: $30,000

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Set of four lacquered chairs with noble coat of arms

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Description: A set of four lacquered side chairs in fine original condition with slat backs with painted green floral sprays with a central cartouche with a crown above. The extended cabriole legs with green painted floral decoration and a green painted trim around the seat rail, legs and back; with slip seats now in red suede. These chairs are of the pattona model.

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Price: $31,500

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Pair of painted wood chairs (chaises en cabriolet)

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Description: This pair of Louis XV painted chaises en cabriolet each has carved floral motifs on the chair rails, the aprons, and the knees of the cabriole legs. They retain their original grayish-light green paint. Part of a family of furniture makers, Charles de Lenoncourt worked in the Faubourg Saint-Antoine, near the rue Saint-Nicolas, and produced delicately scaled and detailed seating furniture, some pieces of which are mentioned in the archives of the Garde-Meuble. He received his maîtrise on August 2, 1752.

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Price: $18,000

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Pair of walnut side chairs (chaises à la Reine)

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Description: Each of these Louis XV period chaises à la Reine has a cartouche-shaped back with a flower-carved crest, above an over-upholstered serpentine-front seat with flower carved apron continuing to cabriole legs ending in scroll feet. The signature of Nicolas Longe was also found on a large fauteuil “á la Reine” which was in continuation of the Regence spirit sold at the Hotel Drouot in 1988. Of natural beech, carved with supple shells, flower leaves and scrolls. The legs had fine and original curved form.

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Price: $19,600

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Pair of painted beech wood Louis XVI armchairs (Fauteuils)

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Description: A very finely carved pair of painted beech wood arm chairs with a rectangular shaped back with carved urn finials joined by acanthus leaf carved and padded arm rests supported by fluted uprights above a padded seat with dentil and beaded carved apron, flanked by applied paterae over tapered fluted legs resting on toupie feet.

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Price: $24,375

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Painted beech wood desk chair with metal mechanism (fauteuil de bureau tournant)

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Description: This desk chair has an arched backrest, channeled frame, and padded armrests ending in scrolled terminals. The circular upholstered seat is set on a swiveling mechanism supported on molded seat-rails, raised on cabriole legs headed by paterae, with toupie feet. The Sené were one of the most prominent families of menusiers, well known for their innovative design and fine craftsmanship. Claude II Sené, called the Younger, received his Maitrise in 1769. Working in collaboration with the carvers Ambroise, Vinceneux, Cherin, and Berier he obtained several commissions for the royal houses including several stools for Compiegne.

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Price: $54,400

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Rare turning Louis XVI desk chair with its original leather upholstery

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Description: A very rare turning Louis XVI mahogany desk chair with an arched leather backrest. The leather seat is set on a swiveling mechanism supported on the circular molded mahogany seat rail; with its original back and seat caning; above tapered and fluted legs, ending in ball feet. Joseph Gegenbach, dit Canabas, was of German origin, came to Paris in 1745 where he initially worked for Jean-François Oeben and Pierre Migeon. The accounts of the latter, who was also a marchand reveal that Canabas was supplying him with furniture on a regular basis, before he became a master in 1766. He subsequently established himself in Faubourg Saint-Antoine, and supplied both his private clientele and other marchands. He specialized in small pieces of furniture, mainly utilitarian and practical pieces often of innovative conception. His furniture was mainly executed in the best possible solid mahogany with a few exceptions where he used mahogany veneers.

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Price: $47,600

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Pair of Louis XVI gilt wood marquise

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Description: A pair of Louis XVI finely carved and gilded wood marquise with peach silk velvet upholstered rectangular backs, arm rests and loose cushions; with lapped and beaded carving on the arms and supports, above a dart carved apron flanked by paterae carvings on carved and spiral turned legs, on pieds toupe feet. With its original gilding. Ailsa Mellon Bruce (1903-1969) was a passionate and prolific collector of European furniture and decorative arts. She was the only daughter of Andrew Mellon, the Pittsburgh banker, art collector and statesman. Made for the Royal Family of France, hence not signed, as tax exempt in the 18th century.

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Price: $92,000

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Pair of Louis XV beech wood chaises

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Description: A pair of Louis XV beech wood chaises, stamped LEDUC, each with a padded cartouche back and seat, on cabriole legs Leduc does not seem to have been extremely prolific, as the only known pieces of his are Louis XV or Regence chairs (see below for another model). However, those pieces of his which have come to light prove witness to a careful execution and estimable talent.

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Price: $16,000

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Pair of painted wood tub chairs (poltrone a pozzetto)

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Description: The form and decoration of this pair of tub chairs are typically Venetian from the middle of the 18th century. The delicate floral and ribbon motif painted decoration exemplifies the rococo style in Venice.

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Price: $25,000

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Mahogany and oak writing table (bureau-plat) with gilded bronze and leather

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Description: This desk has a rectangular gilt and tooled brown leather-inset top with molded surround. Each side has a writing slide above a three-paneled frieze of drawers with cartouche-shaped, scrolled, laurel and berry keyhole mount, reversing to three faux drawers. The desk is raised on square tapering legs with caps. Fidelys Schey was established in the rue Faubourg-Saint-Antoine with a saleroom adjacent, which was run by his wife. Patronized by the Garde-Meuble, to whom he supplied two tables à jeux for the Château de Fontainbleau. Schey worked almost exclusively with mahogany in the restrained Louis XVI ‘Grecian’ style.

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Price: $96,000

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Gilded wood console bracket (wandkonsole); with original gilding

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Description: This highly sculptural console bracket is centered by a supporting herm figure in the guise of an American Indian with a crown of feathers. It was probably made as part of a series, each of which represented a continent, as was the fashion in the eighteenth century. The shaped latticework and incurved shell-like scrolling elements are indicative of early rococo furniture made in Frankfurt for the Princes von Thurn und Taxis.

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Price: $16,800

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Painted wood with marble top console table (konsoltisch) with dragons and chinoiserie figure

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Description: The stretcher with a carved chinoiserie figure wielding a dagger in his left hand and a dagger pouch on his hip, within a carved C scroll with floral carving. The legs with pierced shell and floral carving terminating in upturned C scrolled feet. The frieze is decorated with a winged dragon with an open mouth sitting below a griffin perched atop a ledge; with floral sprays and C scrolls all-around. The published designs of Johann Cuvillies and Hoppenhaupt (1707-1769) with their console tables include Chinamen perched on them (which were removed during the French Rococo). Hoppenhaupt's designs exerted influence also on Habermanil in Augsburg.

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Price: $43,500

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Bureau bookcase (cassettone-a-ribalta-con-alzata)

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Description: Walnut and fruitwood, and silver gilded (argento meccato), with engraved mirror glass. This rococo slant-front secretary is in two parts, with a shaped rectangular top with an arched central cornice flanked by scrolls above two engraved glazed cupboard doors, the arched central panels engraved with a pair of classical draped figures standing on a foliate scrolled base, opening to a fitted interior enclosing pigeon holes and shelves; the lower section has a slant-front writing surface opening to reveal four short drawers and four pigeon holes all above one serpentine-fronted frieze drawer and three long conforming drawers flanked by silver-gilded scrolled pilasters, above a scrolled apron, all raised on ebonized short cabriole legs, ending in scrolled toes; the whole is decorated with classically draped figures within cartouches, bouquets of flowers within walnut reserves, all within fruitwood borders.

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Price: $123,750

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Italian carved and gilded console with marble top

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Description: An Italian finely carved and mecca gilded console with a central espagnolette and a marble top; the cabriolet legs elaborately carved with leafs and vines, terminating in scrolled feet.

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Price: $28,800

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Elaborately carved and gilded console table with a macchia vecchia marble top

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Description: An elaborately carved and gilded console table with eagles clasped around the dental carved legs which have a shell at the top comprising two scrolls with open work and cascading flowers and garlands and terminating with dolphin feet. The center with open work carving and rocaille with a putto emerging from it holding a bird in one hand. The stretcher and base with more rocaille, flowers, shells and scrolls. The back with a fan based shell with a sea creature emerging from the rocaille. The top inset with macchia vecchia marble.

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Price: $60,000

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Gilded wood console table (tavolo da muro) with a marble top

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Description: Following the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle in 1748, which ending the Austrian war of succession, Don Philippe de Bourbon took possession of the Duchy of Parma. Don Philippe was the son of Philip V, King of Spain, and in 1739 he had married Louis XV’s eldest daughter, his cousin Louise-Elisabeth. The Infanta felt that this newly created dynasty of Bourbon-Parme needed a court in Parma modeled on that which she knew at Versailles, and between 1748 and 1759 refurbished the stripped palaces of Parma. Louise-Elisabeth created a colony of French craftsmen, brought out by her from Paris. They included Michel Poncet, Marc Vibert and Nicolas Yon. They worked under the direction of J.B. Boudard, using designs made the architect E.A. Petitot. Thus, there was set up in Parma a veritable Parisian-style faubourg, the production, such as this console table, showing a strong Piedmontese influence.

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Price: $12,750

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