The mirror and console of important size and design and of the period. Includes appraisal paperwork as pictured. The console having a waved breakfront marble top of red marble with white veining and with molded edge and resting on a gilt wood skirt of intricate design and detail having a central, large rocaille medallion surrounded by a flowering vine motif that flows over the console apron.
The upper console with legs of cabriole design with varying flowers and vines and leading to reverse angle cabriole legs. The legs supported by a cross stretcher with smaller, central rocaille medallion bordered by flowers and vines. The console of carved and sanded wood covered with red clay and oil and water guilding and 24 karate gold to create a brilliant, reflective sheen.Condition: Very Good with minor rubbing and minor stress fractures common to consoles of this age. Dimensions: 36.5" high, 49" across, 15.25 deep. The mirror a companion piece to the console and having a stunning crown with central rocaille surrounded by vines and flowers leading to a ribbon and acanthus leaf design flowing around the beveled mirror and flanked at base by two large applied scrolls. Condition: Very Good with minor loss to gesso and stress fractures. Guilding is bright and mirror shows no signs of clouding.
Dimensions: 88.5" high, 44.5" across, 3 deep. Appraiser's Note: The console and mirror are outstanding examples of the Louis Quinze period in terms of taste and furniture construction. Each are composed of gilt wood - a process that involves first and menuisier or furniture maker carving the piece then sanding it smooth. A layer of plaster is then applied and sanded smooth again and covered with Boule - a red clay. This red clay can be evidenced in the Cieber pieces above.
The clay is burnished into a very hard surface and is finally covered with thin sheets of 24 karat gold applied using a water guilding process. It is this process that achieves the brilliant shine of the Cieber pieces.
Regarding "menuisiers": although the Cieber piece does not bear an menuisier mark connecting the console and mirror to a specific furniture maker, the quality and construction of the piece plaice it as of the period. During eh 18th century a guild known as the "Corporation des Menuisiers-Ebenistes" was created to control and standardize the production of these very fine pieces.
The guild included the menuisier or furniture maker who caved and joined the pieces and the ebeniste who applied the veneer or in the case of the Cieber objects the guilding. Many menuisiers and ebenistes did not sign their pieces and as such the only method of identifications is comparison to known pieces. Very Good Condition - consistent with age. More photos are available upon request.
The item "French Mid-18th Century Louis XV Style Giltwood Console and Mirror 1745-1765" is in sale since Sunday, January 27, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Furniture\Other Antique Furniture". The seller is "vmq007" and is located in Broomfield, Colorado. This item can be shipped to North, South, or Latin America, all countries in Europe.