circa 1750 - 1760
Giltwood, deal, gesso, marble
92.5 cm (H); 184 cm (W); 74 cm (D)
Place of origin
Beningbrough Hall, North Yorkshire (Accredited Museum)
A giltwood and marble console table, North Italian, probably Turin, circa 1750-60. The shaped serpentine Breche violette marble top with moulded edge above a pierced foliate scrolling carved frieze with garlands of flowers, acorns and oak leaves and raised on carved high hipped cabriole legs and bun feet. The four legs tied by a conforming carved X stretcher. Probably re-gilded in the 19th century.
For comparable examples see the National Trust Collection at Ickworth, Suffolk (NT 850066 & NT 850025). These tables were almost certainly bought in Italy by Frederick Augustus Hervey, 4th Earl of Bristol (1730-1803) when he was appointed British Minister in Turin (1755-8) The elegant and finely carved giltwood console tables are consistent with other mid-18th Turinese pieces. The high-hipped legs carved with rocaille relates them to examples in the Palazzo Reale, Turin. See: Viale, Mostra del Palazzo Piemontese, Vol 3, pl.60, fig. b and pl.66, fig.b. (James Weedon, October 2019)
Property given to the National Trust in 1958 in lieu of death duties by the Countess of Chesterfield. Documented in the 1958 Auction Catalogue and in the Ministry of Works Schedule of objects given to the National Trust for preservation at Beningbrough Hall. Schedule No: 850.
Viale, Mostra del Palazzo Piemontese, Vol 3, pl.60, fig. b and pl.66, fig.b