These decorative stands might be of giltwood or ormolu (gilt bronze); the latter often came equipped with small marble tops on which to pose the intended object. Because Dupuy mentioned marble elsewhere and not with respects to these consoles, it is likely that they were giltwood. Excepting kitchen implements, they are the only objects whose placement in the palace was recorded by the ex-intendant; he described them as part of the furnishings for the petit cabinet and elsewhere.
Among Marot's designs for interiors were rows of brackets and matching tables and stands, often set on either side of fireplaces. These were in turn used for the display luxury items, specifically porcelain vases, saucers, and other vessels. The fashion for such consoles or appliques held on into the eighteenth century. French designer Nicolas Pineau (1684-1754) published examples of brackets in the 1720s and 1730s, noting how decorative ceramics might be set on the bracket.