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    Sale 7433

    Important Early European Furniture, Sculpture and Tapestries

    8 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 138

    A FLEMISH RED TORTOISESHELL AND IVORY-INLAID EBONY CABINET-ON-STAND, INSET WITH PAINTED PANELS

    THE CABINET LATE 17TH CENTURY, THE STAND 19TH CENTURY

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    A FLEMISH RED TORTOISESHELL AND IVORY-INLAID EBONY CABINET-ON-STAND, INSET WITH PAINTED PANELS
    THE CABINET LATE 17TH CENTURY, THE STAND 19TH CENTURY
    Decorated overall with painted panels depicting figurative subjects, including Ovid's Metamorphoses Pan and Syrinx, within a ripple-moulded frame, the rectangular hinged top decorated to the reverse with a scene depicting the Rape of Europa, enclosing a mahogany-lined compartment, above two panelled doors enclosing a fitted interior with ten drawers and a central door revealing an architectural mirrored-interior, above a frieze drawer, the later stand on bobbin-turned legs joined by conforming stretchers, on bun feet
    59½ in. (151 cm.) high; 38½ in. (98 cm.) wide; 18½ in. (47 cm.) deep


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    The landscape vignettes which adorn the interior of this impressive cabinet-on-stand include figurative subjects inspired by classical and Renaissance poets, such as 'The History of Pan and Syrinx' from Ovid's Metamorphoses.
    Io, another of Jupiter's loves, is depicted on the left door as a heifer, further to her transformation into the animal by Jupiter in a vain attempt to hide her from the jealous Hera. Io watches her guardian Argos as he is lulled to sleep by Mercury's music.
    The subject depicted to the right door would appear to represent Europa's flower-gathering companions watching her abduction, which scene is depicted to the interior of the hinged top.
    The later Elizabethan stand, with jewelled frieze and bobbin-turned pillars, is designed in the early 19th century antique Elizabethan fashion, as popularised by R. Bridgens (see R. Bridgens, Furniture with Candelabra and Interior Decoration, London, 1838).

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN (LOTS 29, AND 138-160)