Empire Giltwood Console Stamped Bellanger

A rare French Empire giltwood console table with a white marble top;  the foliate carved frieze rests on carved circular legs; the console has a mirrored back plate.  The console is stamped by the Parisienne cabinetmaker Pierre Antoine Bellanger.  An almost identical console also made by the same cabinet maker was made for President James Monroe in 1817 and is now featured in the Blue Room in the White House, Washington, D.C.

The Blue Room is one of three state parlors on the first floor of the White house and is distinct for its oval shape. The room is used for receptions, receiving lines and is occasionally set for small dinners. The Blue Room is furnished in the French Empire style.  A series of redecorating through the 19thC sadly resulted in most of the original pieces in the room being sold or stored away.  The Bellanger console was luckily one of the pieces stored and was rediscovered by Jacqueline Kennedy in the White House basement.  It was restored by Jansen & Cie. and installed back in the Blue Room in 1961.

Dimensions: 40″ (102 cm) H x 48″ (122 cm) W x 18″ (46 cm) D

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