German Baroque table,18th century
This unique antique South German Baroque table with inlaid walnut veneer is in very good condition. With the kind of playful and lavish design choices expected from the Baroque period, this piece is an absolute showstopper. From the spiraling legs to the gorgeously detailed intarsia (or wood mosaics), there is a whole catalogue of features that make it stand out.
During the 17th century, the Baroque style had a marked effect upon furniture design throughout western Europe. Large wardrobes, cupboards, and cabinets had twisted columns, broken pediments, and heavy moldings. Those traits make Baroque furniture instantly recognizable, inherently decorative, and visually lavish.
The Baroque style was adopted in the Low Countries in the 1620s and extended late into the 17th century, when Germany and England began to develop it. Each court in the Holy Roman Empire of Germany had a slightly different taste and as a result the German Baroque furniture styles vary from region to region.This piece is distinctly South German in its characteristics.
One of the key features of this table are its remarkable spiraling legs. Joined together by a curved stretcher, they lend the entire table a completely unique personality that is sure to pop out in every room it occupies. The legs support a table top that is rife with decorative features, as well. The insartia are undeniably breathtaking.
Intarsia: Stunning Wood Mosaics
The intarsia in this German Baroque table combine small pieces from four different woods to create complex images. Using the different, naturally occurring shades and grains of certain wood types, whole landscapes and scenes can be constructed in the veneer.
These insartia depict roman weapons and armor on the apron and top. The central medallion on the top surface shows two commanders in armor. That kind of Roman symbolism is a common occurrence in South German Baroque.
The table measures 31.49 x 39.47 x 23.22 inches.
Walnut, cherry, king, elm woods
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