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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 161

    A FRENCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED KINGWOOD, BOIS SATINE AND WALNUT MARQUETRY COMMODE

    CIRCA 1910

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    A FRENCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED KINGWOOD, BOIS SATINE AND WALNUT MARQUETRY COMMODE
    CIRCA 1910
    The brèche violette marble top above a pair of drawers inlaid with bois de bout floral marquetry, centred by a ribbon-tied laurel-cast wreath above intertwined cornucopiae, on cabriole legs, stamped to the wood on the top edge of the drawer 'LIN' and stamped 'LIN..' and 'LINC' to the top front corner roundel mounts, the underside of the lock escutcheon plate stamped 'BF 37', the underside of the marble numbered '2'
    36 ¼ in. (92.5 cm.) high; 66 ½ in. (169 cm.) wide; 26 in.(66 cm.) deep


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    The inspiration for this commode is derived from the bureau de roi commissioned by Louis XV from Jean-François Oeben (maïtre 1759) and completed by Jean-Henri Riesener (d. 1806). François Linke is recorded to have made a version as illustrated in C. Payne, François Linke, 1855-1946 – The Belle Epoque of French Furniture, Woodbridge, 2003, p. 498, index no. 720.

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    Provenance

    By repute, the Egyptian Royal family.
    Bought in Cairo in 1954 by the present owner’s father.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE SAUDI ARABIAN COLLECTION (LOTS 161-166)