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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 97

    A FRENCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED KINGWOOD, TULIPWOOD AND AMARANTH MARQUETRY PETIT SECRETAIRE A ABATTANT

    AFTER THE MODEL BY JEAN-FRANÇOIS DUBUT, BY EDWARD HOLMES BALDOCK, CIRCA 1860

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    A FRENCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED KINGWOOD, TULIPWOOD AND AMARANTH MARQUETRY PETIT SECRETAIRE A ABATTANT
    AFTER THE MODEL BY JEAN-FRANÇOIS DUBUT, BY EDWARD HOLMES BALDOCK, CIRCA 1860
    The shaped rouge griotte marble top above a frieze drawer and spreading pediment and shaped sides, the angles with acanthus-cast clasps, the upper half with fall-front inlaid to the centre with flowers, the interior fitted with a leather-lined writing surface, with an open compartment above three large drawers and a pair of small side drawers, the lower part with a cupboard door enclosing a single shelf, on acanthus-cast scrolled feet, stamped 'EHB' and three times 'DUVEEN LONDON'
    47 in. (120 cm.) high; 27 in. (69 cm.) wide; 12 in. (32 cm.) deep


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    This secrétaire is copied from the celebrated model made by Jean-François Dubut in Paris around 1760 and formerly in the Hillingdon Collection. Several other copies, almost identical to these, may be found in collections such as three in the Jones Collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum, two of them are also branded EHB, the mark of Edward Holmes Baldock (d. 1845), listed in Hanway Street from 1808. He may have acquired some of his furniture from Paris through the dealer George Gunn. There is a pair of the same model in the Frick Collection in New York, possibly made by Paul Sormani, and another in the Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, by Monbro Fils Ainé. Other versions of this model were produced by firms such as Lexcellent, Dasson or Durand.
    In addition to the stamp of Edward Holmes Baldock the present secrétaire also bears the later marqué au fer of DUVEEN LONDON, referring to the brothers Joseph and Henry Duveen who were the world’s leading art dealers during the first quarter of the 20th century. Interestingly, illustrating its popularity and importance, another secrétaire of this model twice stamped DUVEEN was offered as one of a pair Christie’s, New York, 24 April 2003, lot 282.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A LADY