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Console table
Gilt-bronze, Chalcedony, Paragone, Red jasper, Lapis lazuli. 1779 - 1781
Ferroni, Juan Bautista; Real Laboratorio de Piedras Duras del Buen Retiro
Console table
Gilt-bronze, Chalcedony, Paragone, Red jasper, Lapis lazuli. 1779 - 1781
Ferroni, Juan Bautista; Real Laboratorio de Piedras Duras del Buen Retiro

This table`s exquisitely made top is based on a painting by Charles-Joseph Flipart (1721-1797) which is also in the Prado (P07824). The central scene depicts figures in a port, of which the two in the oriental style are based on works by Giambattista Tiepolo. The table was made by Italian craftsmen summoned to Madrid by Charles III to establish the Royal Hardstone Laboratory.

Console
Gilt-bronze, Paragone, Lapis lazuli. 1784 - 1786
Real Laboratorio de Piedras Duras del Buen Retiro
Console
Gilt-bronze, Paragone, Lapis lazuli. 1784 - 1786
Real Laboratorio de Piedras Duras del Buen Retiro

This table has the image of a painting of a seascape and its frame, back to front, as well as playing cards, various chips, a ruler, a hammer, a compass and other carpentry tools, two buckles, a key ring and various drawings over a touchstone or black Belgian marble background. The representation of the images is directly based on famous compositions by French painter Joseph Vernet (1714-1789), wh

Console
Gilt-bronze, Paragone, Lapis lazuli. 1784 - 1786
Ferroni, Juan Bautista; Real Laboratorio de Piedras Duras del Buen Retiro
Console
Gilt-bronze, Paragone, Lapis lazuli. 1784 - 1786
Ferroni, Juan Bautista; Real Laboratorio de Piedras Duras del Buen Retiro

A table with two images of paintings (a seascape and a landscape) on a background of touchstone or Belgian black marble. Various books, a checkerboard, a small cup and a bag have been haphazardly arranged around them. The representation of the images is directly based on famous compositions by French painter Joseph Vernet (1714-1789), whose work was much appreciated by Charles III and Charles IV.

Console
Gilt-bronze, Paragone, Jasper. 1781 - 1784
Ferroni, Juan Bautista; Real Laboratorio de Piedras Duras del Buen Retiro
Console
Gilt-bronze, Paragone, Jasper. 1781 - 1784
Ferroni, Juan Bautista; Real Laboratorio de Piedras Duras del Buen Retiro

The tabletop, which bears its date of completion, is decorated with trompe l’oeil decorations organized like a messy table. A painting with two Oriental figures is surrounded by various books, a ruler, a box, a cane, various papers and a drawing, two pistols and a powder container, a belt and a dagger. The bronze foot was made by Giovanni Battista Ferroni after Neapolitan consoles from the first h

Console Table
Gilt-bronze, Paragone, Jasper. 1783 - 1784
Ferroni, Juan Bautista; Real Laboratorio de Piedras Duras del Buen Retiro
Console Table
Gilt-bronze, Paragone, Jasper. 1783 - 1784
Ferroni, Juan Bautista; Real Laboratorio de Piedras Duras del Buen Retiro

The decoration of the tabletop is a trompe l’oeil design of the "disordered table" type. The objects refer to the liberal arts, including paintings, of which two are anamorphic and one a silhouette portrait, a book by Pliny, another of pieces of music, a hurdy-gurdy, bellows and a stick. The bronze base follows Neapolitan tables of this type of the first half of the century.

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