This pair of half-moon consoles forming a round table in walnut wood and mounted in dovetail fashion was made in the first half of the 17th century in Lombardy, northern Italy. Proving that the need for practical and useful furniture is not specific to our time, this dual-purpose model was very successful in the 17th century. The work of the wood marquetry, alternating colours in the service of the exaltation of the details, is remarkable. Three fillets run the length of the table, separating quarter-circle motifs with scrolls and flowers set in circles. In the centre is a tower surrounded by plant stems.

A serrated moulding on the edge of the top adds to the refinement of this piece, while the legs and the spacer are carefully carved. This table, in exceptional condition, has not been restored and has its original hooks under the top, allowing the two consoles to be linked together.

Comme dit précédemment, une fois réunies, les deux consoles forment une table qui possède en son centre une tour. Celle-ci n’est autre que les armoiries de la célèbre famille milanaise, les Torriani. Ayant eu une autorité immense sur la capitale lombarde aux XIIIe et XIVe siècle, la famille Torriani fut évincée par les Visconti sans pour autant disparaitre du paysage politique, aristocratique et mécénal. La présence de cette tour ne laisse aucun doute sur les commanditaires de cette table. 

Table with the Torriani family coat of arms – Lombardy – First half of the 17th century


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