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    Sale 7586

    West ~ East - The Niall Hobhouse Collection

    22 May 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 115

    Jean-Guillaume Moitte (Paris 1746-1810)

    Design for a wine cooler with a frieze of acanthus scrolls and putti driving chimerical serpent-tailed rams, with bacchantae head handles

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    Jean-Guillaume Moitte (Paris 1746-1810)
    Design for a wine cooler with a frieze of acanthus scrolls and putti driving chimerical serpent-tailed rams, with bacchantae head handles
    black lead, pen and grey ink, grey wash
    14¾ x 12¼ in. (37.4 x 30.9 cm.)


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    An identical design for a wine cooler by Moitte numbered '228' was sold at Sotheby's, Monaco, 26 November 1979, lot 627. It is possible that this design was for a wine cooler very close in style to one executed by Henri Auguste, as part of the silverware given by the City of Paris to Napoleon in 1804 (G. Gramaccini, Jean-Guillaume Moitte (1746-1810): Leben Und Werk, Berlin, 1993, II, p. 65, no. 159.15).
    A related frieze to that featured in this drawing is in lot 123.

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    Provenance

    Henri Auguste, until 1810.
    J.B.C. Odiot, his studio stamp and number '229'.