The table is held by winged chimeras, standing on both sides of the protruding plinth with ornamental edges. The frieze of the table is decorated with wreaths, stars and garlands hanging down from chandeliers. The back holds a mirror in a gilt bronze frame, decorated with swords. The console table is one of the most interesting pieces of furniture in the years following the French revolution. This is the only signed piece of M. E. Lignereux (1750 or 1752-1809), discovered so far. The excellent, artistic bronze decoration must have been made by the famous French bronze caster, Pierre-Philippe Thomire (1751-1843). The table was probably made around the period when the Kismarton (Eisenstadt) castle of Count Miklos Esterhazy (1765-1833) was reconstructed, after the plan of Charles Moreau.


  • Title: Console table
  • Date Created: 1800 - 1802
  • Location Created: Paris, France
  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings: Art dealer's paper note on the back: Lignereux, Successeur de Daguerre, Rue Vivienne, No 11, en face colle Colbert, Magasin de Meubles d'Ebenisterie ornes de Bronzes... a Paris; Fragments of inventary notes: "Eisenst(adt) Schloss Inv. Nro..."; "(Bu)dai palota 1937."
  • Provenance: Acquired from the Buda palace of the Esterházy family in 1949 (earlier in the Esterházy chateau in Eisenstadt)
  • Place Part Of: France
  • Physical Dimensions: w161 x h100 x d51 cm (Complete)
  • Cabinet maker: Adam Weisweiler
  • Type: Furniture
  • Rights: Museum of Aplied Arts, Budapest, 2012
  • Medium: Oak veneered with Amboina root; with verdantique and gilt bronze. Black marble and mirror.

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