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    Sale 2818

    European Noble and Private Collections

    31 March - 1 April 2009, Amsterdam

  • Lot 379

    A DUTCH LIME WASHED CARVED LIMEWOOD CENTRE TABLE 'KWABTAFEL'

    CIRCA 1680

    Price Realised  

    A DUTCH LIME WASHED CARVED LIMEWOOD CENTRE TABLE 'KWABTAFEL'
    CIRCA 1680
    Carved on all sides, the rectangular red and grey marble top on acanthus-wrapped supports headed by masks, the front stretcher carved with an auricular mask, the sides and back carved with a medaillon surmounted by leaves
    80 cm. high x 99 cm. wide x 67 cm. deep


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    This typical table falls into a group of Dutch carved and painted wood tables and stands referred to as "Kwabtafels". Kwab refers to the Auricular style of ornament adopted by Dutch Silversmiths such as Johannes Lutma and the van Vianen brothers in the beginning of the 17th century. Much later this style was adopted into the designs of carved furniture as tables, stands and hall benches. (R.J. Baarsen, Nederlandse Meubelen 1600-1800, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Zwolle, 1993, cat. no. 18, pp. 42-43.)
    Three comparable Dutch side tables, with the same kind of intricate carved decorations were sold at Christie's Amsterdam, The Schermerhorn Collection, lot 510, 504, 531.

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