A Pair of Portuguese Louis XVI Style Parcel-Gilt and Polychrome Painted Console Tables
A pair of Portuguese Louis XVI style console tables, the shaped breche marble top with canted corners resting on a frieze frame with raised gilt classical inspired medallions, the four stop-fluted tapering legs joined by a sinuous x-frame stretcher centering an over-scaled urn finial issuing husk garland. Each console bearing the stamp "Fundacao R.E.S.S 1962, 2638".
Provenance: Museum of Portuguese Decorative Arts (Museu de Artes Decorativas Portuguesas, Lisbon Portugal.
These rare and exceptional console tables are from the Fundacao Ricardo do Espirito Santo Silva (Museum of Decorative Arts) in Lisbon Portugal. They represent the exceptional connoisseurship of the founder of the museum, Ricardo Espirito Santo. With their hand-carved classical motifs and urn finial they recall the Louis XVI style that coincided with the last phase of the rococo and the birth of neoclassicism. However, the exuberant carving and bold color palette communicate to the viewer a robust and opulent nature that represents Portuguese aristocratic sensibilities.