22 May 2008,
London, King Street
Price realised GBP 4,375
Estimate GBP 3,000 - GBP 5,000
Jean-Guillaume Moitte (Paris 1746-1810)
Design for an elaborate surtout-de-table
black lead, pen and grey ink, grey and black wash, on two joined sheets
18½ x 37¾ in. (47 x 95.8 cm.)
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Doves, sacred to Venus, perch on the central tazza as well as on the palm-flowered rail comprised of Ceres' conjoined cornucopiae which derive from a marble antiquity; while the base's garlanded bucrania derive from the Roman Temple di Vesta at Tivoli, and the tripod altar plinths display Apollo's laurel-wreathed lyre.
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Henri Auguste, until 1810.
J.B.C. Odiot, his studio stamp.