Large carved and giltwood console

LARGE CARVED AND GILTWOOD CONSOLE DECORATED WITH SATYR’S HEADS AFTER THE SCULPTOR AND DESIGNER NICOLAS PINEAU (1684-1754)

 

 

PARIS

 

REGENCY PERIOD, CIRCA 1720

 

 

Languedoc marble top

 

 

Provenance : Private collection

 

 

Dimensions :


Height : 33 11/16 in.

Width : 59 5/8 in.

Depth : 27 3/16 in.

 

 

Large carved and giltwood console from Regency period, with a linuous shape and a fine pierced belt decorated with a central apron richly carved with a satyr’s head crowned with acanthus leaves and flanked by foliated scrolls. It rests on two legs decorated with rolls shells and acanthus leaves topped with satyr’s heads and joined by a large base ornamented with a eagle rests on a mask in which there is a quiver with arrowes and a lictor’s faces.

This decorative set rests on a large cartouche topped with a crown where it must probably have sculpted or engraved the family coats of arms sponsor of this console.

The base is flanked by menacing chimeras facing each other, a very fashionable decoration from 1720s. The console is topped by a wide rectangular Languedoc marble top.

Our console with its curves learnedly mastered, its correctness of proportion and its fanciful iconography is reminiscent of the drawings of the sculptor and designer Nicolas Pineau (1684-1754).

Follower in architecture of Jules Hardouin-Mansart and Germain Boffrand, he attends classes of Saint Luc’s Academy and enjoys the benefit of the sculptor Antoine Coysevox.

In 1716, he is one of the main ambassadors of the French style to the czar in Saint-Petersburg : he executed in particular the carved wood panelling of the Cabinet of Peter the Great to the Palace of Peterhof.

When he returns in France ten years later, he imposes in force in the interior design around the « contrast in the ornament ».

Aristocrats and financiers recently enriched quarrel the virtuosity of the artist which multiplies projects for private mansions and castles in province.

So, it is very likely that our console was executed to decorate the Parisian private mansion of a rich notable.