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    Sale 7683

    A Rococo Fantasy Treasures from a Bavarian Collection

    6 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 1



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    Foliate carved and with a scallop shell-shaped basin on a scrolled pedestal
    64 in. (163 cm.) high, overall; 27¼ in. (69 cm.) wide; 17 in. (44 cm.) deep

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    Serving as wine-coolers from which servants could retrieve bottles, this type of wall-fountain enjoyed lasting popularity from the late 17th Century through to the 19th Century. Placed in the salon or salle à manger, as Philippe Marnet, Paris agent to the Court of Parma, noted in 1768, 'the importance of these rooms was such that one tries to provide the richest decorations possible'. Amongst the earliest documented fountains, in gilt-lead, was that supplied by Jean-Baptiste Tubi, after designs by Charles Lebrun, in 1672 for the Thêatre d'eau at Versailles. In 1750 the Thêatre d'eau was destroyed and the sculptures were dispersed. Tubi's fountain is now in the National Gallery of Art, Washington (F. Souchal, French Sculptors of the 17th and 18th Centuries, London, 1987, p. 337, fig. 28).

    In the 18th Century, such fountains remained fashionable and were widely introduced - both for corners and centrally placed. Examples include the corner fountains introduced in 1748 for the salle à manger of the château de Villette (illustrated in J. Whitehead, The French Interior in the Eighteenth Century, London, 1993, p. 84) - which were subsequently acquired with the hôtel by Madame de Pompadour. These latter fountains were sold in the Baron Double sale in Paris, 30 May -1 June 1881, lots 332-4, and no doubt contributed to the revival in interest for such architectural fountains in the later 19th Century. .

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    With Accorsi, Turin
    Acquired from Evgret von Bary

    Pre-Lot Text

    This exquisite collection of 18th Century French, German and Italian furniture, Meissen porcelain and Augsburg silver was formed by a knowledgeable and passionate collector with a discerning eye. His refined taste was characteristic of a generation of prominent German collectors of the 2nd half of the 20th Century. Each work of art was carefully chosen and had an interesting story to tell, many items also had distinguished and aristocratic provenances - some were purchased from famous dealers, others came from great landmark auctions. His frequent trips to Paris were particularly memorable. Whilst staying at the Meurice and dining at the Tour d'Argent and the Grand Vefour, his days were filled searching for splendid and orginal works of art.

    His residence in Bavaria was a captivating treasure trove, where these handpicked 'objets d'art' were cherished. Their quality and diversity evoke many aspects of the 18th Century but they most strongly recall the rococo, that whimsical and naturalistic style or 'gout pittoresque' which swept through Europe from circa 1730 to 1760. Some of the highlights of the sale include various Louis XV chairs, including a monumental Wurzburg throne chair acquired from Albrecht Neuhaus and a pair of Louis XV chaises from Galerie Camoin. The German silver and silver-gilt, often purchased from S.J. Philips in London and Kugel in Paris, mainly originates from Augsburg with examples by the famed silversmiths Drentwett, Bauer and Engelbrecht. The Meissen porcelain, partly acquired from Robbig and Reichert in Munich, gives an encyclopedic overview of the output of the manufactory and includes various fine Bottger, Hausmalerei, Goldchinesen and Kakiemon examples.