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An Unusual Pair of Petit Rococo Revival Giltwood Console Tables.
French, Circa 1860.
The console tables each have a moulded marble top of serpentine outline above a conforming giltwood frieze elaborately carved in the rococo style with 'C'-scrolls, fronded acanthus and rock roses and supported on scrolling acanthus carved legs.
The Rococo style emerged in the early eighteenth century, in part as a reaction to the formal Baroque style in France. Primarily a grand and opulent style of the aristocracy it was characterised by a graceful playfulness, light of scale with an emphasis on asymmetry and curving forms. The Rococo Revival was the most popular of all revival styles for both interiors and furniture in the 19th century and was particularly significant in the second half of the century as the style of wealth and sophistication.
Killeen House, Co. Galway, Ireland.
Built in the early 1840's, Killeen House, originally known as New Park, was purchased by the prominent Irish Comyn family in 1849. The Family roots can be traced back to Robert of Comyn, a noble who accompanied William the Conquerer in 1066, and who was subsequently made Earl of Northumberland. The house commands an impressive site situated on the edge of Lough Corrib in County Galway, Irelands second largest lake.