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    Sale 7466

    Le Goût Steinitz, III

    6 December 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 331

    A CHINESE EXPORT GILT METAL-MOUNTED AND POLYCHROME-DECORATED HARDWOOD CABINET ON A LOUIS XV CARVED OAK STAND

    THE CABINET LATE 17TH EARLY 18TH CENTURY, THE STAND MID-18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A CHINESE EXPORT GILT METAL-MOUNTED AND POLYCHROME-DECORATED HARDWOOD CABINET ON A LOUIS XV CARVED OAK STAND
    THE CABINET LATE 17TH EARLY 18TH CENTURY, THE STAND MID-18TH CENTURY
    Decorated overall with cockerels, chickens and chicks, the rectangular top above a pair of doors enclosing an interior fitted with ten variously-sized similarly-decorated and hardwood-lined drawers, the stand carved overall with scrolling foliage, rockwork and dragons, above a pierced shaped apron centred by a pomegranate cartouche, the volute-carved supports decorated with perching birds and joined by shaped x-stretchers carved with serpents and centred by a rockwork cartouches, on scrolled feet headed by further pomegranates, the stand previously decorated and probably associated
    59¼ in. (150.5 cm.) high; 41 in. (104 cm.) wide; 24½ in. (62 cm.) deep (overall)


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    Most Chinese and Japanese cabinets made for export to Europe were decorated in gold on a black ground and only exceptionally the wooden ground was left bare, showing the pattern of the grain. This technique was used here to allow the beautiful satin-like ripple effect of the hardwood construction to show through. In beautiful contrast to the architectural outlines of the cabinet the cabriole-supported stand, vigorously carved with rocaille, C-scrolls, birds and plants, exemplifies the mid-18th century rococo style.

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