【TP】An Important German early 19th century mahogany and gilt bronze mounted console table
An Important German early 19th century mahogany and gilt bronze mounted console table
Attributed to Johannes Klinkerfuss, (1770–1831) and Casimir Münch, StuttgartThe dished white marble top above an ornately cast frieze above two bulbous front supports cast with flower heads on a flame mahogany plinth base, 129cm wide x 51.5cm deep x 84.5cm high, (50.5in wide x 20in deep x 33in high)
The distinct design of the gilt bronze front vase-shaped supports of this console table are a signature style of Johannes Klinckerfuss and Casimir Münch.Johannes Klinckerfuss was arguably one of the most important German cabinet makers of the early 19th century. He started his career being trained by his father Philipp Klinckerfuss and Hartmann Gürtler in 1789 in the workshop of David Roentgen in Neuwied where after he moved to Bayreuther Hof of Herzog Friedrich Eugen von Württemberg, where he oversaw the furnishing of Schloss Fantaisie. From 1795 onwards Klinckerfuss worked in the herzogliche Kabinettschreinerei for the Stuttgarter Hof, where he went on to become the cabinet-ebenist for Duke Frederick II of Württemberg (later the first King of Württemberg). In 1812 Klinckerfuss opened his own workshop in Stuttgart making furniture and works of art in the Empire style. Little is known about Casimir Münch who held the position of Hofziseleur at the Court of Stuttgart.Several examples of furniture with the same design have been auctioned in the last decade, including a jardinière sold at Sotheby's, New York, Important Furniture and Carpets Sale, 8 May 2009, lot 191 which sold for $53,125 (including buyers premium), and another jardinière sold at Christie's, 500 Years of Decorative Arts Europe Sale, 8 July 2010, lot 96 which sold for £18,750 (including buyers premium). What makes the above lot so interesting and very rare is this that is an item of furniture with these distinct vase-shaped supports: something not seen at auction in recent times.