A side console table in ebony with two drawers

It is decorated with a Chinese lacquer panel depicting Japanese flowering cherries on the stretcher.  The front of the apron is embellished with a European lacquer imitating this Chinese panel.  The table stands on four octagonal legs in ebony, tapered at the bottom.

It has a fine ormolu decoration on the tops of the legs, in the shape of the roof of a Chinese pagoda, and the gallery around the stretcher adorned with a frieze of the Chinese character “pinyin” (symbolizing, in Chinese Buddhism, the achievement of the “ten thousand merits” that promise Nirvana).  The top is in white marble.

Period: Louis XVI, circa 1785

This console can be compared with the furniture made by the cabinetmakers Martin Carlin, Adam Weisweiler and Claude-Charles Saunier for the marchand-mercier Dominique Daguerre towards the end of the 18th century.


Height   87.6 cm. 2 ft 10 1/2 in.

Width 134.6 cm.           4 ft 5 in.

Depth   40.6 cm.          1 ft 4 in.