Sinuous, double-curved form used in legs (and feet). The upper portion curving outward and the lower portion curving inward in a gentle S shape. The cabriole leg is especially characteristic of the Louis XV style.
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Item No. 1185Exceptional, Venetian, Rococo period, Lacca Povera commode scriban
The rectangular top above the slant-front, opening to a writing surface with a central pigeonhole flanked by four short drawers, above the serpentine-fronted body with two long drawers, the paneled sides, raised on cabriole legs.
Lacca Povera (also known as "Lacca Contrafatta") was a form of art originating in Venice incorporating decoupage (the cutting out of figural or natural forms), which are adhered to a solid surface, painted and hand-engraved, and then covered with a layer of layer of lacquer.
50" wide by 43" high by 22¾" deep
Item No. 1132French, Louis XV-XVI Transition period console
In solid, carved giltwood with pierced central cartouche resting upon four cabriole legs and having original, Breche d'Alep marble top. From Provence, circa 1760.
50" wide by 34" high by 26" deep
Item No. 1174Exceptional, French, Art Nouveau period bureau plat
In solid, carved walnut; with five conforming drawers; have writing surface inset with decorative, gilt-embossed leather blotter, each side with tirets (additional pull out writing surfaces), the whole delicately sculpted with flowers and other vegetation and resting upon four slightly cabriole legs. Circa: 1890, L'ecole de Nancy.
Item No. 1166French, Louis XV style, marquetry-inlaid bureau de pente
Inlaid with a combination of exotic woods, including walnut, Brazilian rosewood, satinwood, and birdseye maple; having a fall-front, which opens to reveal a writing surface and interior drawers; the whole resting upon four cabriole legs with bronze d'ore ornament.
In the manner of Hache (Grenoble, France). 19th century.
38¾" wide by 34¼" tall by 19½" deep
Item No. 1141French, Louis XV period, giltwood canape
With exhuberantly-carved, sepentine frame, quintessential Louis XV motifs including seashells, acanthus leaves, and foliage, having three seats upholstered in floral-patterned, silk damask, the whole resting upon eight cabriole legs.
Mid-18th century, attributed to Louis Cresson.
Item No. 979Fine, Louis XV style tric-trac table
In solid, carved walnut having cabriole legs ending in pied de biche (deer feet) and reversable top, one side (shown) with marquetry inlaid board for checkers, the other in green felt suitable for card playing. Removing the top reveals an inset, marquetry-inlaid backgammon board. The whole delicately carved. Late 18th or early 19th century from Nimes, France.
Item No. 1101French, Louis XV period, floral marquetry inlaid commode
Of bombé form with unusual three-drawer construction, inlaid in floral marquetry, the whole resting upon four cabriole legs terminating in bronze sabot feet. Mid-18th century.
Signed "N.PETIT" (Nicolas Petit, Master in 1761 was a great Parisian cabinetmaker. Established rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine under the sign "In the Name of Jesus", in his 30 years as a master he established a lasting reputation. His career began with very refined dressers of bombé form in the Louis XV style, secretaries, desks, small tables, many finely decorated with blooming branches.)
49" wide by 22¼" deep by 35" high
Item No. 933Very fine, Genoese, Rococo period console table
In solid, elaborately carved giltwood with Serravezza marble top, pierced skirt centered by a Rococo foliate ornament, complex volute floral and foliate-carved cabriole legs, and arched foliate stretcher. Mid-18th century.
Provenance: Formerly part of the furnishings at The Audubon House, Key West, FL; previously on exhibition at the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Miami, FL.
47" wide by 33" high by 23" deep
Item No. 1076Very fine, French, Louis XV period console table
In solid, carved giltwood; of Rocaille form with arbalette front, cabriole legs, acanthus ornament, original, Breche marble top, and upper and lower cartouche (pierced shell aprons). Mid-18th century.
Item No. 1017Very fine pair of French, Regence style marquises
In solid, carved walnut with arched, upholstered paneled backs and seats, scroll arm supports, and cabriole legs joined by stretchers and terminating in pied de biche. 19th century.
47½" high by 37" wide by 24" deep (seat depth)
Item No. 984Fine, French, Louis XV style tric-trac table
One side of reversible top having a chess board, the other a green, felt card surface, the whole resting on cabriole legs. The interior with ebony and ivory inlaid backgammon board. In rosewood with gilt bronze mounts. Paris, circa 1880.
42" wide by 27¾" high by 24" deep
Item No. 1012Fine, French, Regence period, canapé
In solid, carved walnut with cabriole legs terminating in pied de sabots. Covered in silk damask. Early 18th century.
Provenance: Formerly part of the furnishings of the Chateau Viticole du Carcassone.
Item No. 1007Very fine, Regence period Table De Cabaret à Jeux (game table)
In solid, carved walnut with elegantly shaped cabriole legs terminating in pied de biche, gilt, tooled, and embossed leather top, four drawers (one per side), and pull-out drink holders at each corner. Circa 1715-1727.
29" square by 29" high
Item No. 873Fine, Venetian, Rococo style, painted and parcel-gilded coiffeuse
In sculpted and blue-painted wood with gold accents, the lower part of arbalette form with a single, central drawer, top in faux marble, the legs of cabriole form; the upper part having a mirror with original mercury glass supported by two arms; the whole being of curvilinear form with a floral and shell motif. Circa 1850.
60½" high by 39" wide by 18" deep
Item No. 999Pair of very fine, Venetian, Rococo period tall-back armchairs
Each cartouche-shaped backrest with pierced foliate carved top rail, the downswept scrolled armrests, above the serpentine-fronted seat above a pierced apron, raised on cabriole legs with scrolled toes; upholstered à chassis. Circa 1730. Regilt.
48" tall (at back), 18½" tall (at seat) by 27" wide x 21½" deep
Item No. 894Fine, Venetian, Rococo style polychrome decorated desk
The cartouche shaped top with tooled peach leather inset over a long center drawer, raised on cabriole legs, overall painted with simians at play all on a parchment ground. 19th century.
64½" wide by 30" deep by 32" high
Item No. 904Fine, Louis XV, mahogany armoire
The stepped arched cornice over a floral vine carved frieze and two arched paneled doors above a pierced C-scroll and leaf carved apron raised on leaf carved cabriole legs. From Bordeaux, France. 18th century.
98" high by 63" wide by 28" deep
Item No. 851Fine, French, Louis XV period, giltwood chaise longue
The padded backrest with serpentine top rail continuing to padded wings, the shaped rails raised on cabriole legs; the whole carved with foliate scrolls, shell motifs and seed pods. Mid-18th century.
37½" high by 33½" wide by 76" long