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(Above photo - Italian Gilt Console Table Baroque Carved Hall Tables )
It was during the Louis XV era when the console tables became very popular. The tables did not just serve as decorative pieces but blended in with the rest of the homes architecture to bring out a unique look. But that is what designers and architects in the 18th century had set out to do. They never would consider a single element of interior décor on its own. The design of any room was unified by making a special consideration of the hardware, upholstery, and so on.
In all of this, the gilt console tables played a very important role. They were crafted in numerous shapes, sizes, and designs. No matter how it looked, a console table would be put next to the wall. Early on, the console table had two legs with a “console” or S-shaped bracket. As time passed, some designers began making console tables with four legs. These were free-standing pieces of furniture and did not require support brackets.
What Is A Gilt Console Table?
(Above photo - French Gilt Console Table - Louis XVI Carved Furniture )
Gilt console tables take the design of the traditional console table even further. Instead of remaining with the wooden surface, these tables were covered with a thin layer or leaf of gold. However, they were long and narrow, just like the other varieties of console tables. People used them in hallways, entryways, and behind sofas. Apart from being a decorative piece of its own, a gilt console table was used to display lighting and décor. Here, people would store virtually anything that required additional space.
How to Buy a Gilt Console Table
(Above photo - Italian Rococo Gilt Console Table - Carved Hall Tables )
One of the things that will guide your decision when buying a gilt console table is the measurements. Since you will get these pieces of furniture in all shapes and sizes, you want to be sure that it will fit in your room at home. If you choose something too big, you may end up not using it. On the other hand, a table that is too small will look out of place in your space.
Second, you need to consider the use to which you will put the console table. For example, you may use it to store books and other items. Or, you could use the console table to display photographs and other pieces of art in the hallway. Some people even use their console tables in the entryway to drop mail and keys as they come home.
Key Features of Console Tables
(Above photo - George II Gilt Console Table Carved Marble Top )
The features of the gilt console table you choose will largely depend on how you intend to use it. You may want to consider whether the table has any of the following features.
• Shelving. Some console tables come with shelves sitting below the top and extending from one end of the table to the other. The tables serve well for displaying potted plants, books, and so on. You can also put baskets full of smaller items on these shelves.
• Drawers. When they have drawers, console tables look almost like tiny writing desks. The drawers are usually situated right under the tabletop. You can keep small items in the drawers.
Why don’t you go ahead and buy a gilt console table? You might just end up with a rare piece of gem!
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