Italian Empire Cherrywood Console Table
Italian Empire cherrywood console table, the highly figured red marble top (pietra topografica) over a single long drawer with brass knobs centered by a medallion; the turned columns with carved and gilt leaf capitals headed by applied lyres; the shaped base raised on gilded and painted bun feet.
Italy c. 1810
37½" long x 20½" wide x 37" tall
This beautiful console has many interesting features, not the least of which is the gorgeous marble top. Colorful and highly figured, it's actually in the jasper family and comes from Sicily. The edges are clean and crisp, suggesting it's not original.
The bun feet are carved with stylized leaves and gilded. The lower portions are painted green to resemble patinated bronze, a lovely detail.
Lastly, import stamps are occasionally seen on antique European furniture and the bottom of this console is stamped "Made in Italy". The McKinley Tariff Act of 1890 mandated foreign objects imported into the United States be clearly marked in English with the country of origin. Thus, all porcelain marked "China", "England" etc. was made after 1890. The words "Made in" were added around the time of World War I, about 1915. The design and construction details of this console confirm a date of circa 1810, while the import stamp confirms it was brought into the US about 100 years later.
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