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    Sale 7586

    West ~ East - The Niall Hobhouse Collection

    22 May 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 127

    Jean-Guillaume Moitte (Paris 1746-1810)

    Design for an elaborate surtout-de-table

    Price Realised  

    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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    Provenance

    Henri Auguste, until 1810.
    J.B.C. Odiot, his studio stamp.