A pair of gilt deal, painted deal and marble console tables, English, circa 1740. The Portoro marble top shaped with a serpentine front edge above a fluted frieze raised on a carved eagle support and faux marble breakfront plinth. Some alteration to the frames.
See: Bowett, Adam 'Early Georgian Furniture 1715-1740' ACC 2009 pgs.228-231 'Tables with bases carved as eagles, sphinxes and dolphins were one of the most popular manifestations of neo-Palladian taste, perhaps because of their compact form...All three designs are popularly associated with William Kent but it is difficult to document his responsibility. Of the three types the eagles are the most common.' The design was almost certainly taken form Italian sources and adopted by several furniture makers, the earliest bill known is from John Phillips for a pair of eagle tables supplied to Badminton House in 1735. Thomas Moore supplied a single table to Dudley Rider in May 1734 also William Bradshaw. Trade cards of the 1730's and 40's advertising eagle tables include those of William Tomkins in London and Francis Brodie in Edinburgh.
Curzon Collection acquired by gift as part of the transfer of Kedleston Hall to The National Trust in 1986.
Bowett 2009, Early Georgian Furniture 1715 - 1740 (2009)