French Antique Console Table, 1800-1810
This Classic Directoire French antique console table has a beautiful mahogany veneer. The brass fittings are original. A pierced brass railing frames the marble top. The elegant console table has one central drawer. Additionally, the lower part has a shelf which is decorated with a pierced railing as well.
From 1789 to 1804, French furniture took a sharp turn, condemning anything associated with the Ancien Régime.
Previously predominant themes revolving around royal extravagance, noble power, and privilege were now perceived negatively.
Repressed by the revolutionaries, furniture guilds were no longer able to ensure the same degree of craftsmanship. They dissolved in 1791.
While this period was economically and socially troubled, personal wealth among private citizens grew. And as it did, so did the demand for furniture.
Directoire furniture preserves the elegant and stately characteristics of earlier periods.
But, like Gustavian design, the Directoire style is much more restrained. This moderation is evident in the elongated, uncomplicated shapes and clear lines of most pieces.
In interior design, painted wallpaper replaced rich tapestries. Also, upholstery and cretonne curtains took the place of brocades and damasks.
Details of this console table
The console table measures H: 34.26 in. (87 cm)W: 31.7 in. (80.5 cm)D: 13.78 in. (35 cm)and comes in refinished and French polished condition.
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