• The Decorative Arts Sale auction at Christies

    Sale 2845

    The Decorative Arts Sale

    23 - 24 March 2010, Amsterdam

  • Lot 329

    A DUTCH BLACK, RED AND GILT-LACQUERED, SATINWOOD, AMARANTH, MAPLE, SYCAMORE AND TULIPWOOD MARQUETRY BOOKCASE

    CIRCA 1785-1795

    Price Realised  

    A DUTCH BLACK, RED AND GILT-LACQUERED, SATINWOOD, AMARANTH, MAPLE, SYCAMORE AND TULIPWOOD MARQUETRY BOOKCASE
    CIRCA 1785-1795
    Banded and crossbanded overall, the breakfront rectangular and dentil-inlaid frieze above a central panelled and glazed door flanked to each side by a glazed and a panel-inset divided door, enclosing an interior with three adjustable shelves with japanned panelled fronts above an arrangement of shelves, on shaped bracket feet
    228.5 cm. high x 222 cm. wide x 47 cm. deep


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    A virtual similar bookcase is in the collection of Nationaal Museum Paleis Het Loo in Apeldoorn.

    This elegant bookcase reflects the English influence on Dutch cabinet-making, between circa 1780-1795, when light satinwood and light exotic veneers and refined marquetry decoration became fashionable. Typically Dutch is the combination of this type of marquetry with Japanese, Chinese or imitation lacquer panels, and may have been a speciality of cabinet-makers working in The Hague, where novelties in furniture-making were often first developed. The celebrated Hague cabinet-maker Matthijs Horrix (1735-1809) was possibly responsible for the introduction of this daring new type of decoration. Horrix, who became Mr Kabinetwerker in 1764, was the principal supplier of furniture to the Stadtholder's Court between 1767 and 1795. He received a commission from Princess Wilhelmina of Prussia - the Stadtholder's consort who admired Horrix's work - in 1780 for '...Comodes wozu ihm Chinesisch Lackwerk geliefert', for which he received 557 florins.
    See R.J. Baarsen, 'Matthijs Horrix: Cabinetmaker in The Hague, The Magazine Antiques 154 (1998), pp. 520-528.
    The interest in Japanese and Chinese lacquer by Princess Wilhelmina of Prussia is described in Jan van Campen De Haagse Jurist Jean Theodore Royer (1737-1807) en zijn verzameling Chinese voorwerpen, Hilversum, 1990, p. 219-212.

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