Exceptional ceremonial console
Height : 122 cm (54 1/2 in.) ; Length : 224 cm (88 in.) ; Depth : 67 cm (26 1/3 in.)
Ceremonial side console table of wood lacquered black and parcel gilt with a frieze ornamented with a garland of laurel joined at each end with crossed ribbons. This wide frieze is ornamented in the center with a crest wearing the initial “M” within a laurel wreath and embellished with foliage, fruits and flowers. This hides a lock which opens a wide drawer in the front. It rests on two pairs of scrolled legs lacquered in black with gilt motifs such as large naturalized leaves and palmets. Each pair supports a string of fruit. The legs rest on a moulded base centered by a basket of fruits. The top is of Sarrancolin marble cut to the shape of the frieze.
By family tradition, this impressive sideboard console would have been commissioned for the Swedish Embassy in Paris, and put in place under the Second Empire.