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    Sale 12029

    The Opulent Eye - 19th Century Furniture, Sculpture, Works of Art, Ceramics & Carpets

    7 June 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 130

    A FRENCH GILTWOOD AND VERNIS MARTIN VITRINE CABINET

    ATTRIBUTED TO LOUIS MAJORELLE, NANCY, CIRCA 1890

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    A FRENCH GILTWOOD AND VERNIS MARTIN VITRINE CABINET
    ATTRIBUTED TO LOUIS MAJORELLE, NANCY, CIRCA 1890
    The serpentine pediment surmounted by a pierced foliate cartouche over a glazed central door opening to a fabric-lined interior with three shelves, flanked by two side panels, the lower portion decorated with vernis Martin panels in the manner of Watteau, on cabriole legs, the underside twice inscribed in black 'PLV / 179'
    87 ½ in. (222 cm.) high; 45 in. (114.5 cm.) wide; 18 in. (46 cm.) deep


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    This cabinet bears an inventory mark for Lange Voorhout Palace in The Hague, and could possibly have been part of a large group of works King Willem III ordered in the late 1880s from the workshop of celebrated cabinetmaker Louis Majorelle in Nancy. Majorelle was one of the most influential furniture makers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and the scrolling cresting and fine detailing of the present lot foretell the celebrated works of art he created in the subsequent decades as one of the leaders of the Art Nouveau movement. The present cabinet is visible in a photograph dated circa 1920 of the Louis XV Drawing Room at the Noordeinde Palace, suggesting it was moved with some frequency and at the disposal of several successive generations of the Dutch Royal Family.

    Provenance

    Property from the Estate of Queen Juliana of The Netherlands; Sotheby's, Amsterdam, 14 March 2011, lot 1426 (€70,350).