serpentine

Furniture form characterized by a undulating, central, convex (protruding) surface with concave ends. Reverse serpentine forms exhibit a concave center portion and convex edges. (See also arbalette.)


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Very fine, French, Louis XV period marquetry commode
Item No. 1054
Very fine, French, Louis XV period marquetry commode

Of serpentine form with gilt bronze mounts and original Rouge Royale marble top. Stamped "I.C. SAUNIER".

Very fine, French, Louis XV period buffet
Item No. 1037
Very fine, French, Louis XV period buffet

Of "galbé en arbalette" (serpentine) form in solid, carved walnut. Circa 1750 from Provence.

59" wide by 26½" deep by 40" high
Pair of very fine, Venetian, Rococo period tall-back armchairs
Item No. 999
Pair 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
Fine, French, Louis XV period, giltwood chaise longue
Item No. 851
Fine, 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
Fine, French, Regence period, carved giltwood console
Item No. 843
Fine, French, Regence period, carved giltwood console

With veined pink marble serpentine-fronted top above a shell and foliate frieze on crosshatched and diagonal reeded ground, raised on foliate-carved double scroll cabriole legs terminating in "pied de sabots." Circa 1725.

30¼" high by 31½" wide by 17" deep