Maison Jansen Monumental Concave steel and bronze console / sideboard table. This stunning one of a kind concave on one side and demilune if you turn it around case is comprised of all steel and bronze elements. The finely cast sabots leading to a set of eight reeded lower and spiked ebony upper solid steel legs terminating in bronze capitals. The apron having matching bronze circular and column decorations on a steel ebony background. The whole supporting a mirrored top. Certainly made for someone of note and wealth. This item was one of a pair from a Palm Beach Mansion. A whopping ten and a quarter feet long.
This piece is accompanied by a letter of Authentication from James Archer Abbott, Author of ‘Designing Camelot: The Kennedy White House Restoration’ as well as both Jansen Furniture Books.
James Archer Abbott serves as Director and Curator of Johns Hopkins University’s Evergreen Museum & Library one of two museums owned and operated by the university. Mr. Abbott’s publications include the following exhibition catalogs: Visions of Washington Irving: Selections from the Collections of Historic Hudson Valley (co-author, 1991); Classical to 19th century America: The Influence of Berry Tracy on the Historical Interior (1994); and A Frenchman in Camelot: The Decoration of the Kennedy White House by Ste´phane Boudin (1995). Mr. Abbott co-wrote with Elaine Rice a further exploration of the Kennedy White House de´COR, entitled Designing Camelot: The Kennedy White House Restoration, which was published by Van Nostrand Reinhold in 1998. In 2006, he completed a well-received history of the international design firm Jansen (1880-1989), entitled “JANSEN,” and published by Acanthus Press, LLC. This was followed by a companion volume, “Jansen Furniture,” published in spring 2007.