Similar in design and function to a pier table, a console table is a side table supported on legs or scrolled brackets at the front, with the back secured to the wall. Usually surmounted with a tall mirror, they were made to stand in the piers or divisions between the windows of a drawing room. Later Victorian versions were often freestanding on a platform base, with straight rear supports to enable the table to stand flat against the wall. Console tables usually had marble tops. Potential purchasers should be aware that many converted marble top washstands are now marketed as 'console tables' or hall tables.
Louis XVI style console table, with rectangular marble top and ormolu mounts, raised on four fluted legs, together with a Louis XVI style petite console table, with black marble top (A/F) (2). Height 78 cm. Width 92 cm. Depth 35 cm, height 78 cm. Width 56
Louis XVI style serpentine front console table, with single front drawer, the ebonised top and front decorated with flowers, with ormolu mounts. Height 78 cm. Width 115 cm. Depth 40 cm. Provenance: The Estate of Nancy Melick, NSW
An Anglo Indian Padouk wood console table, circa 1835 having a shaped back carved with scrolling foliage, a moulded rim to the serpentine top, a carved and pierced frieze, supported on four acanthus carved cabriole legs joined by stretchers, 79 cm high, 13
A huon pine console table, Hobart, circa 1830, 80.5 cm high, 71 cm wide, 54 cm deep. Literature: Australian Furniture: Pictorial History and Dictionary, 1788-1938, Kevin Fahy and Andrew Simpson, Casuarina Press Ptd Ltd, Woollahra p. 408 (illustrated)
A French bow front console table. Imported for Geraldine Cooper Interiors, the milkwashed 'Elenore' console table with a shaped mushroom timber top above a fluted skirt, and upon slender baluster style fluted legs (retail $1850). Height 91 cm. Width 150 cm
A Venetian etched mirror glass and applied gilt glass console table and mirror, Italian, circa 1950, table 85 cm high, 112 cm wide and 34 cm deep, mirror 138 cm high x 87 cm wide. Provenance: Private Collection, Sydney
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