A Lyon sale will showcase antique furniture, from classic French pieces to an Italian console and regional creations.
Rome, late 18th-early 19th century. rectangular console in carved, gilded wood, 95 x 161 x 80 cm/37.40 x 63.38 x 31.50 in.
Although French furniture was particularly influential across 18th-century Europe, each country boasted its own original creations. Italian cabinetmakers, for instance, combined ornate decoration with exuberant lines. An ideal example is this Roman console with a carved decor featuring palmettos, foliage and, on the spacer, a fantastic mask, a shell and pomegranates. The French Louis XV oak console estimated at €8,000/12,000 strikes quite a different note: the decoration is more delicate. An openwork belt features a Rococo shell, garlands of flowers and foliage. The sale included some lovely stamped pieces, including one by Claude-Charles Saunier (1735–1807). All the elegance of his work is on display in a satin veneer Transition piece with four curtain doors and two drawers, one of which can be turned into a writing desk (€6,000/8,000). Among the furniture from the Marrel family’s Château de Chassagny is a large Louis XV period cabinet from Lyon featuring an arched walnut pediment carved with shells, foliage and flowers (€1,500/2,000), and a late 18th or early 19th-century Dauphinois cabinet with a burr walnut veneer, geometric patterns and blackened wood.