Each with a moulded white marble top above a frieze centered by a neo-classical medallion, flanked by scrolling foliage and ribbon-tied floral swags, on four fluted square tapering legs headed by putti and and acanthus leaf, on toupie feet \nComparative Literature:\nEnrico Colle, Il Mobile Neoclassico in Italia, Milano, 2005, plate 14, page 86 .\nGiuseppe Morazzoni, Il Mobile Neoclassico Italiano, Milano, 1955, Tav. CCXXIII, illustrates this console in the collection of Arch. Luigi Maria Brunelli.\nAntonella Putaturo Murano, Il Mobile Napoletano del settecento, Naples, 1977.\nThe present pair of exceptional console tables was part of a larger set of four, the decoration of which is inspired by the bucolic world of classical Antiquity . The other pair of princely origin is illustrated and commented upon by Colle op. cit., p. 86, cat. 14, where they are tentatively attributed to the Royal craftsman Gennaro Di Fiore, reproduced here in fig.1.\nThe taste of these console tables is very close to similar furniture which is today in Capodimonte in the Royal Palace of Caserta, Naples, and one should take note for example of the four corner pieces in Room XVI of the Palace and other pieces in the Museo Correale di Sorrento, Palazzo d' Avalos, and also the collections of Prince don Marcantonio Doria d' Angri. A peculiarity of Neapolitan production is the use of rich carving here made even more precious by the two-tone gilding against a white ground. This taste was introduced in Naples after 1775 by Carlo Vanvitelli, who succeded his father Luigi as the architect who worked at the court of King Ferdinando IV and his wife Maria Carolina.\nAlthough Carlo Vanvitelli was certainly a designer for many of the pieces of furniture executed for the Court and the Neapolitan aristocracy, their execution is due to skilled carvers who were active in Naples at the end of the 18th century, amongst them Gennaro Di Fiore, who belonged to a dynastry of artisans active in Naples from the middle of the 18th century. It is known that he was appointed by the Bourbon family to modernise the interiors of the Royal Palaces in Naples and Caserta between 1779 and 1781. Alvar Gonzales- Palacios (Civilta del '700 a Napoli 1734-99, Catalogue of the Exhibition Naples 1979-80, p.204, no. 446), after his archival research, has proved that Di Fiore was active not only as a carver but also a designer of his furniture. The names of Neapolitan gilders, such as Antonio Pittarelli are recorded in the Archives and worked in association with the carvers and the use of two-tone gilding on the present example suggest a very skilled doratore was employed for this commission and shows a particular virtuosity.\nCompare also a pair of console tables with very similar legs sold in these Rooms, lot 183, 15th December 1999, and introduced with a note by Alvar Gonzales-Palacios.