• A Cabinet of Curiosities Selec auction at Christies

    Sale 2393

    A Cabinet of Curiosities Selections from the Peter Tillou Collections

    28 January 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 91

    A DIEPPE IVORY MIRROR

    THIRD QUARTER 19TH CENTURY

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    A DIEPPE IVORY MIRROR
    THIRD QUARTER 19TH CENTURY
    The arched frame encrusted with leaves and with applied coat of arms cresting flanked by mermaids and the motto 'SCOTORUM' above applied putti, crowned and helmeted shields surrounding an oval mirror plate
    33½ in. (85 cm.) high, 22½ in. (57 cm.) wide


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    The northern French town of Dieppe is synonymous with this type of bone and ivory-encrusted furniture, especially mirrors. The popular 'folkish' style was apparently produced in great volume at a number of small ateliers during the second half of the 19th century. The present example is typical of the local style, with it's romantically inspired Renaissance ornament, including figures and heraldic motifs

    For a similarly inspired mirror, see C. Gilbert, Furniture at Temple Newsam House and Lotherton Hall, 1978, vol. II, no. 56, p. 440.
    Others examples of Dieppe furniture are illustrated in C. Payne, 19th Century European Furniture, Woodbridge, 1981, p. 141. pl. 352.

    Special Notice

    Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory and tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.