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    Sale 5357

    Christie's Interiors

    8 July 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 374

    A GEORGE III ROSEWOOD, KINGWOOD AND FRUITWOOD MARQUETRY WRITING-TABLE

    CIRCA 1780, ATTRIBUTED TO JOHN LINNELL

    Price Realised  

    A GEORGE III ROSEWOOD, KINGWOOD AND FRUITWOOD MARQUETRY WRITING-TABLE
    CIRCA 1780, ATTRIBUTED TO JOHN LINNELL
    The rectangular top with earred angles inlaid with a parrot and an engraved floral spray within an oval reserve above a green leather-lined writing surface, the frieze with contrasting scrolling foliate inlaid motif and two side drawers above square tapering legs joined by an undertier platform with concave-fronted sides inlaid with a flowerhead within C-scrolls, and terminating in upswept foliate caps, extensive shrinkage, crack to top
    29½ in. (75 cm.) high; 28 in. (71 cm.) wide; 16½ in. (42 cm.) deep


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    The bureau-dressing-table, appropriate for a lady's bedroom appartment, is conceived in the 1770s French/antique fashion. The table's elegant architecture and boulle-fashioned bird relates in particular to the taste introduced to London in the 1760s by Paris-trained ébénistes, such as George Haupt and Christopher Förloh, thought to have been employed by John Linnell (d.1796). The latter is thought to have supplied the related furniture at Osterley Park, Middlesex, in the mid 1760s.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    The Property of Giorgio Marsan and Umberta Nasi (Lots 374-389)