A pair of mid-19th century ebony, rouge griotte marble and gilt bronze mounted console tables in the manner of Louis-Alexandre Bellangé, Paris
Lot 203
A pair of mid-19th century ebony, rouge griotte marble and gilt bronze mounted console tables
in the manner of Louis-Alexandre Bellangé, Paris
Sold for £12,500 (US$ 20,997) inc. premium
Lot Details
A pair of mid-19th century ebony, rouge griotte marble and gilt bronze mounted console tables
in the manner of Louis-Alexandre Bellangé, Paris
each with a rectangular rouge marble top above a beaded marble panelled frieze, on gilt bronze winged lion monopodiae and ebonised rectangular plinth bases, one table reduced in width, both numbered under the marble '6519', one table: 121cm wide, 40cm deep, 95cm high, the other table: 95cm wide, 36cm deep, 95cm high, (47.5" wide, 15.5" deep, 37" high), (37" wide, 14" deep, 37" high). (2)

Footnotes

  • The use of solid bronze for furniture legs is rare and can be compared to other known tables by Bellangé using similar winged figures on lion paws. See the table (probably originally from a pair) commissioned circa 1835 by Prince Alessandro Torlonia and illustrated in Catalogue Steinitz, 2010, No.55, fig.a and on the cover of Sylvain Cordier, Bellangé, ébénistes, Une histoire du goût au XIXe siècle and Lab 57, pp. 546-549.
    See also the bureau plat illustrated in Catalogue Didier Aaron, XII, No. 42 and op. cit. Bellangé, Lab 75, pp.208 and 565-567.

    Louis-Alexandre Bellangé (1796-1861), son of the celebrated ébéniste Pierre-Antoine Bellangé (d. 1827) who was supplier of furniture to Napoleon I and later to Charles X. Louis-Alexandre Bellangé worked both alongside and independently of his uncle, Louis-François Bellangé and his cousin Alexandre. Establishing his own atelier and shop at 33, rue des Marais-Saint-Martin and describing himself as "menuisier fabricant de meubles anciens et modernes, magasin de curiosités", Bellangé specialised in the production of furniture incorporating porcelain, lacquer, hardstones, as well as imitating the Boulle style. In 1833 he tried unsuccessfully to get a place at the garde-Meuble de la Couronne restoring earlier furniture. However, disappointment at this rejection must have been tempered by his subsequent appointment as a supplier of furniture to the duc d'Orléans. His gold medal-winning contribution to the Paris exhibition of 1839 won him the following praise from the Jury: "M. Bellangé fils s'est toujours fait remarquer par l'excellente confection de ses meubles et par ses imitations exactes et concencieuses des styles [...] qui prouvent tout à la fois la souplesse et la vigueur de son talent". At the 1844 Exposition des produits de l'industrie française, King Louis-Philippe purchased a Boulle table from him, and later, at the 1851 Crystal Palace exhibition, he was awarded a second class medal for his Boulle furniture. Examples of his furniture, produced either independently or in collaboration with his father, may be found in the Wallace Collection, London and in the collection of Her Majesty the Queen at Windsor Castle.

    Literature:
    Sylvain Cordier, Bellangé, ébénistes, Une histoire du goût au XIXe siècle, mare & martin, 2012.
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