Carved Gilt-wood Console Table Attributed to Pierre Contant d'Ivry

French, c. 1755

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Carved Gilt-wood Console Table, the design attributed to Pierre Contant, the manufacture to Nicolas-Quinibert Foliot. French, c. 1755.

Height  35½" (90cm).
Width  72"  (1,83m).
Depth  28"  (71cm).

Provenance :-  Lord Hastings, Melton Constable Hall, Norfolk.

Literature :-  The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal, Vol. 20, 1992, no. 77, pp. 174-5.

The attribution to Pierre Contant (1698-1777), known as Contant d’Ivry, is based on the similarities between this console table and three that were supplied to Count J. H. E. Bernstorff in Copenhagen, c. 1755. Many of the furnishings in Bernstorff’s house were executed to Contant’s designs including, almost certainly, the console tables.(1)

Nicolas-Quinibert Foliot (1706-1776) was appointed Menuisier de la Couronne in 1749 and provided over 700 pieces for the French royal household. Amongst Bernstorff’s furniture was a suite of seat furniture made by Foliot to a Contant design, which is now in the Metropolitan Museum, New York.(2)  This furniture has been illustrated together with console tables of related design, including the present table,(3) and it is likely that this furniture forms a group which can all be ascribed to Contant and Foliot.



1.  Svend Eriksen, Early Neo-Classicism in France, 1974, pp. 294-295 and plates 24-27.

2.  See Bill G. B. Pallot, L’Art du Siege au XVIIIe Siecle en France, 1987, pp. 168-169. Pallot also attributes the manufacture of the three Bernstorff consoles to Foliot.

3.  op. cit. pp. 152-155.

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