The Grand Tour Italian Console Table: A Fusion of Art and History

GBP£8,500 as shown

This particular console table, resplendent with elegance and opulence, features its original white Carrara marble top. The frieze showcases delicately crafted scallop shells and acanthus leaves in high relief, reflecting the prevailing neoclassical design aesthetics of the time. The neoclassical movement sought inspiration from ancient Greek and Roman art, emphasising symmetry, order, and classical motifs.

Supporting the frieze are two giltwood classical chimera, mythical creatures with a fascinating mix of features so celebrated by Thomas Hope in England. These chimeras boast volute bodies, blending the serpentine scrolls of ancient Greek architecture with a touch of Baroque extravagance. The hybrid leopard heads on these chimera nod to the fascination with mythical beings and animals, prevalent in the art and architecture of the 19th century.

Further enhancing the table’s charm, pendant anthemions dangle gracefully on the chests in high relief, adding a sense of organic movement to the otherwise structured design. Anthemions, stylised floral motifs reminiscent of honeysuckle, were frequently used in classical Greek and Roman architecture and became a popular ornamentation during the neoclassical revival.

The table’s base is a testament to the intricate craftsmanship of the period. The inclusion of hairy paw feet with broad leaf ‘socks’ draws from ancient animalistic representations found in Greek and Roman art. These details not only elevate the table’s beauty but also serve as a subtle reminder of humanity’s artistic journey through time.

Beyond being a mere piece of furniture, this console table evokes a sense of wanderlust and cultural immersion, as it likely once stood in grand Italian palazzos or graced the parlors of the European elite. Its journey through time, geography, and styles is a testament to the enduring allure of classical antiquity and the artistic ingenuity of the 19th century.

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Regency Giltwood Console Table After the Antique

Stock Number: 27068

Early 19th century English Regency console table in the style of Thoas Hope, the white marble top supported on a frieze ornamented with scallop shells and acanthus leaves in high relief, the console supported on two giltwood classical chimera with volute bodies, hybrid leopard heads, with pendant anthemions and raised on hairy paw feet with broad leaf ‘socks’.
  • Height: 85.5 cm (33.7 inches)
  • Width: 87 cm (34.2 inches)
  • Depth: 37 cm (14.5 inches)


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Approximate Dimensions

  • Height: 85.5 cm (33.7 inches)
  • Width: 87 cm (34.2 inches)
  • Depth: 37 cm (14.5 inches)


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