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    Sale 7608

    Important European Furniture and Sculpture

    10 July 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 1

    A CHARLES X ORMOLU AND ENGRAVED MOTHER-OF-PEARL 'PALAIS ROYAL' MINIATURE DRESSING-TABLE

    CIRCA 1820-1830

    Price Realised  

    A CHARLES X ORMOLU AND ENGRAVED MOTHER-OF-PEARL 'PALAIS ROYAL' MINIATURE DRESSING-TABLE
    CIRCA 1820-1830
    Decorated overall with foliate scrolls and flower heads, the oval mirror plate within a foliate-cast surround, above a rectangular panelled and hinged top centred by an oval plaque and enclosing a vieux rose pink silk-lined compartment, on foliate-cast tapering legs headed by urns and joined by stretchers centred by a pierced basket, on ball feet
    8¾ in. (22 cm.) high; 5½ in. (14 cm.) wide; 4 in. (10.5 cm.) deep


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    This beautifully crafted and neatly fitted miniature dressing-table nécessaire is typical of early 19th century Parisian manufactures sold in the fashionable shops of the Palais Royal, just above the Louvre.
    The same attractive combination of engraved mother-of-pearl set within carefully tooled ormolu borders is characteristic of this fine production. A miniature ormolu-mounted mother-of-pearl nécessaire and musical box in the shape of a windmill was sold at Christie's London, 5 July 2007, lot 8. Another related little 'Palais Royal' workbox, modelled as a miniature settee, was sold from the Russel B. Aitken collection, Christie's New York, 25 November 2003, lot 8.

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