Console table

after a design by Richard de Lalonde French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 547

Several console tables of this design, with a demi-lune-shaped top, a frieze carved with trailing foliage and pearls, resting on three pierced and scrolling supports which end in claw feet, are known. The form is derived from a design by the decorateur-dessinateur Richard de Lalonde (active 1780-90). Lalonde worked as part of the team of designers and architects in the Menus Plaisirs and subsequently the Garde-Meuble de la Couronne. These departments were responsible for the preparations of ceremonies, major events and festivities and for the order, upkeep, storage and repair of the furniture and art in the French Royal palaces.

This console is part of the pieces of woodwork and furniture formerly in the possession of the French decorator and dealer, Georges Hoentschel, whose collection was acquired in 1906 by the financier J.P. Morgan, and which formed the founding gift to the MMA of the European Sculpture and Decorative Arts Department.

Console table, after a design by Richard de Lalonde (French, active Paris, 1780–90), Carved and painted oak; white marble top, French

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