A VERY RARE BOXWOOD LIBRARY TABLE IN THE MANNER OF ANDREA BRUSTOLON.

June 15 2009, 3:14pm

English. Circa 1820. This highly unusual table is conceived in the distinctive manner of the renowned seventeenth-century Venetian sculptor and furniture maker Andrea Brustolon (1662 – 1732). The form of the table is highly inventive, with four full length figures forming the legs. They represent Prometheus chained at the wrists, Cinyras, the father of Adonis, who split open a myrrh tree from which emerged his new born son, and Mercury, who is depicted here as a beardless youth carrying a purse, his badge as one of the Roman gods of commerce. Hercules, one of Brustolon’s favorite characters is also shown, bearing a club and a lion’s skin. As well as representing a skilled interpretation of Brustolon’s style, the table also shares with Brustolon's work the highly unusual feature of being carved in boxwood. It is extremely rare to find a piece of furniture made wholly form boxwood.