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    Sale 2172

    Important European Furniture, Works of Art, Ceramics, Tapestries and Oriental Carpets

    9 June 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 146

    A FRENCH MARBLE-INLAID WALNUT ARMOIRE A DEUX CORPS

    19TH CENTURY, POSSIBLY INCORPORATING 16TH CENTURY ELEMENTS

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    Estimate

    A FRENCH MARBLE-INLAID WALNUT ARMOIRE A DEUX CORPS
    19TH CENTURY, POSSIBLY INCORPORATING 16TH CENTURY ELEMENTS
    Of Renaissance style, the upper and lower section enclosing shelves
    86¼ in. (219 cm.) tall, 41¼ in. (105 cm.) wide, 21 1/3 in. (54 cm.) deep.


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    A similar armoire is at the National Renaissance Museum, Chateau d'Ecouen, and illustrated in M.Blanc, Le Mobilier Francais, Moyen-Age Renaissance, Paris 1999, p. 81. This armoire belongs to a group called Ile de France, characteristic of the Second School of Fontainbleau, of architectural form enhanced by the allegorical decoration of low relief and inlays of veined marble creating a polychrome effect. This one incorporates a design full of figures of high relief and torso columns.

    Special Notice

    From time to time, Christie's may offer a lot which it owns in whole or in part. This is such a lot.


    Provenance

    A private collection in the Bordeaux region.