This Italian Baroque, seventeenth-century, walnut center table has a molded, cross-shaped base supporting five baluster-turned legs with vase-and-disc shaping. The apron frieze has one drawer and supports an octagonal top composed of various planks.
Center tables became popular in the later sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in Italy, and those with either square or octagonal tops often had a cross-shaped support base with either four or five turned baluster supports. This type was particularly popular in the Piedmont, especially Bologna, and the configuration of two vasiform turnings separated by a disc is known on a number of tables attributed to Bolognese workmanship. A related table is illustrated in William M. Odom’s A History of Italian Furniture from the Fourteenth to the early Nineteenth Centuries vol. 1 (New York, 1966), 316, fig. 301. A related Bolognese octagonal center table was sold by Sotheby’s London on November 17, 2010, sale L10303, lot 359.
Collection of Giuseppe Brambilla, Villa Farnese, Caprarola.
Inherited by the Countess Mazzarino (his sister), Milan.
Purchased from Countess Mazzarino, Milan, through Toledano & Co., Paris, by Mildred and Robert Woods Bliss, ca. 6/28/1929.
Collection of Mildred and Robert Woods Bliss, Washington, D.C., ca. 6/28/1929-11/29/1940.
Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, House Collection, Washington, D.C.