German Baroque table, 18th century
Unique south German baroque table with inlaid walnut veneer. The exquisite intarsia are made of cherry wood, king wood, walnut and elm.
They depict presentations of roman weapons and armor on apron and top. The central medallion on the top shows a presentation of two commanders in armor. A curved stretcher joins the four twisted legs.
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. In Baroque furniture the details are related to the whole; instead of a framework of unrelated surfaces, each detail contributes to the harmonious movement of the overall design. 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.
After the Thirty Years’ War the German territory of the Holy Roman Empire was divided in multiple small principalities. Each court had a slightly different taste and as a result the German Baroque furniture styles vary from region to region.
In southern Germany the French influence on furniture design was more prominent than in the western or northern parts, where Dutch and English styles were predominant.
The big centers for the production of south German Baroque furniture were the cities of Wuerzburg, Bamberg, Bayreuth and Ansbach in Franconia. Additionally, the biannual furniture sales fair in the city of Frankfurt was a great possibility for noble clients to take a look at designs from various cabinetmakers and countries.
Measurements and Details
This table was probably originally used as a writing desk.
In today’s interiors you have various options. You could still use it as a desk. But it would also be the perfect center- or console table in an entrance hall.
In any case, the beautiful intarsia on its top make this table a unique and prestigious addition to any interior decoration.
The table measures 31.49 x 39.47 x 23.22 inches. It is in very good condition.
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