A console and mirror in brass and ebony marquetry, chiseled and gilded bronze, amethyst and carnelian, bearing the monogram of the Duc Ferdinand-Philipe d’Orléans (1810-1842).

The marquetry consists of brass and pewter on an ebony ground, decorated with scrolls and volutes of acanthus leaves.

The back of the console has a raised medallion in the middle repeating the general decoration.

The base is made of ebony veneer.

Carnelian beads and amethyst cabochons form part of the decoration.

The ormolu ornamentation includes animal masks, cord-like friezes, beads and frames.

The top is in green marble with white veins.

The console and mirror bear the monogram of the Duc d’Orleans, surmounted by the ducal crown held by two cherubs.

Period: Paris, circa 1835-1839

Attributed to Louis-Alexandre Bellangé (born after 1797)

The Duc Ferdinand-Philipe d’Orléans (1810-1842)

The Duc Ferdinand-Philipe d’Orléans, a royal prince and the eldest son of Louis-Philippe, lived in the Pavillon de Marsan at the Tuileries Palace. Constantly in search of the best artistic achievements, the Duke actively involved the Bellangé family in the vast programme to redecorate the Tuileries between  1834 and 1840. The Duc bought several pieces of furniture made by Louis-Alexandre Bellangé at the Exposition des Produits de l’Industrie in 1834 and 1839.

The Duke died at the age of 32 in an accident with his barouche.

Console:

Height 99 cm. 3 ft 3 in.

Width 127 cm. 4 ft 2 in.

Depth 56 cm. 1 ft 10 in.

Mirror:

Height  166 cm.         5 ft 3 in.

Width  121 cm.   3 ft 11 ½ in.