AN EXTRAORDINARY CARVED AND PALE GREEN PAINTED GROTTO TABLE

June 16 2009, 1:04pm

Possibly Sicilian. Circa 1735. Of carved and painted fruitwood. The bow-fronted marble top above the shaped apron carved with foliate c-scrolls against a diaper pattern ground, the lower edge carved with rocaille scrolls, the whole raised on four scrolling cabriole legs each headed by a carved shell and carved with acanthine decoration, each leg with scrolling spur to the front and terminating in a carved foot, the legs joined by a scrolling foliate carved x-shaped stretcher centred by a carved shell.