Console tables were designed in the 18th C as side tables. They were usually half-moon shape and stood on two legs, with the back fixed to the wall. They are very decorative, often in richly carved giltwood with marble tops. The tops were painted in imitation marble for the less rich. During the Louis XVI console table became free standing on four legs and often used to display garniture such as a clocks surrounded by two Sevres porcelain vases. Recently the antique console has made a big return with interior decorators.