Pair of 19th Century French Empire, Demilune Console Tables
France Ca 1810
Rare and handsome pair of solid and veneer mahogany freestanding console tables in half moon shape. The central foot is ornate by the bust of a black patinated bronze winged Cariatide and terminated by Lion's claws. The mahogany panel in the back flanked by pilaster strips and for the base a demilune plinth. The solid wooden top is edged by great moldings which provide an obvious visual relief. Beautiful chiseled and doré bronze ornamentation on the frieze mahogany band with the head of mercury on both sides and art, science and war trophy on center. The back panels are also decorated with gilded bronze representing Palmettes at each corner and a winged Cariatide in its center.