IN THE MUSEUMS : Fine Arts Museum of San Fransisco 

Console table – Louis XVI era

Console table made in carved openwork gilded wood (with a silver-plated wood medallion).
From a design by Richard de Lalonde.

Location : Fine Arts Museum of San Fransisco – Legion of Honor

This richly carved console table was inspired by Lalonde’s designs. The chiselled patterns on the gilded wood structure are characteristic of the neoclassical style, which was very popular during the reign of Louis XVI. The delicate openwork patterns showcase the cabinetmaker’s skill. The flower wreaths on either side of the medallion, which reach all the way down to the legs, are an impressive example of the cabinetmaker’s exquisite craftsmanship. The legs feature acanthus leaves and fluted detailing; in the place where they meet lies a bouquet in a basket.
With its pure white lines and its fine mouldings, the white marble top contrasts with the intricate wooden patterns. This furniture piece showcases the craftsman’s great creativity; among all the furniture pieces that were made during Louis XVI’s reign, it is truly one of a kind.