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    Sale 2818

    European Noble and Private Collections

    31 March - 1 April 2009, Amsterdam

  • Lot 66

    A DANISH PARCEL-GILT WALNUT BOMBE COMMODE

    MID 18TH CENTURY, IN THE MANNER OF MATHIAS ORTMANN

    Price Realised  

    A DANISH PARCEL-GILT WALNUT BOMBE COMMODE
    MID 18TH CENTURY, IN THE MANNER OF MATHIAS ORTMANN
    The waved canted rectangular moulded white marble top above a punched frieze and three drawers, the pierced apron carved with trails of beads and flower-heads between shaped feet
    76 cm. high x 67 cm. wide x 45 cm. deep


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    This elegant bombé commode was executed in the Danish rococo style of the 1760s and is closely related to the oeuvre of the successful cabinet-maker Mathias Ortmann, who worked in Copenhagen between 1733 and 1757. A similar commode, bearing Ortmann's workshop stamp, is in the Kunstindustrimuseet in Copenhagen and is illustrated in H. Kreisel G. Himmelheber, Die Kunst des Deutschen Möbels, München, 1970, Vol. II, fig. 853. A pair of related commodes, of similar outline, drawer-arrangement, and with the same characteristic parcel-gilt decoration, was part of the elegant furnishings of the Prinsens Palae, the residence of Statsminister Ove Hoegh Guldberg (1731-1808), and appear in a painting by Wilhelm Haffner (1782). (T. Clemmensen, Danske interiortegninger fra rococo til klunketid, Copenhagen, 1951, p. 20).

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