A fine early C20th Giltwood Console Table by Charles Bernel in the neoclassical manner; the original 'D' shaped Breche d'Alep marble top with a slender moulded edge protruding around the four legs; above the fluted frieze with foliate paterae raised on turned tapering fluted legs headed with acanthus leaves and terminating in flower head paterae; united by a stylish swept stretcher centred with a large classical urn. With good original water gilding in good stable order showing appropriate signs of wear, enhancing the whole overall look. Stamped in two places Charles Bernel Paris 1913 and with a fleur de lys in a shield. Also present the remains of Bernel's paper label to the reverse.
French circa 1913
Dimensions (ins) 48 wide x 19.75 deep x 32 high
Charles Bernel was a renowned French …bÈniste (cabinet maker) in the late 19th century. Bernel was one of a few highly skilled cabinetmakers producing furniture in the manner of earlier styles. Among his high caliber contemporaries were Paul Somani, Henry Dasson and Francois Linke, who are all noted for their high quality creations. Among Bernelís esteemed clientele was H.M. Queen Mary, who owned a gilt bronze mounted fire screen that was placed in her Audience room at Buckingham Palace, London. King Christian X and Queen Alexandrine of Denmark also had one presented to them during a visit to Paris.
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