Polychromous limewood, partly gilt, curved all sides with openwork floral carving, original marble plate
Bayreuth, around 1750

Provenance: Fischer-Böhler Collection


This richly carved, white-­‐based polychromous and partly gilt console preserved in its original state has a long stretched, two-­‐part leg as a prop, ending in an outward-­‐wound volute. This is a light and very elegant solution. Most consoles have two legs, often connected, or a massive triangular shoulder. The plate is the original plate in Deutsch Rot marble.

It is thought to be connected to Margravine Wilhelmine (1709-­‐1758). The sister of Frederick the Great has, together with her husband Margrave Friedrich, turned Bayreuth into a residence of European standards and in a short time, too. One can see that by the opera house (UNESCO World Heritage) or the gardens of the Ermeitage and Sanspareil. The Neues Schloss, the epitome of Bayreuth Rococo, also comes into play. The console is of extraordinary quality, the ornaments aren'just applied, rather they follow the form, and decorative elements can be seen being re-­‐interpreted as functional parts of th efurniture. The wood carvings, especially the flowers, are captivating. At the

time grottos were very popular places in parks and gardens. There one enjoyed the "wild", and the bizarre as a counterweight to courtly etiquette. This console indicates the outside of a grotto.

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