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    Sale 12247

    The English Collector: English Furniture, Clocks and Portrait Miniatures

    17 November 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 5

    A GERMAN BRASS AND MOTHER-OF-PEARL-INLAID ROSEWOOD CENTRE TABLE

    FIRST HALF 19TH CENTURY, IN THE MANNER OF FRANZ XAVER FORTNER

    Estimate

    A GERMAN BRASS AND MOTHER-OF-PEARL-INLAID ROSEWOOD CENTRE TABLE
    FIRST HALF 19TH CENTURY, IN THE MANNER OF FRANZ XAVER FORTNER
    The octagonal top centred by a flower head with eight segments filled with scrolling strapwork and foliage, above four true and four false frieze drawers with applied strapwork, on cabriole legs headed by repousse-metal clasps and with hoof-sabots
    32 ½ in. (82.5 cm.) high; 39 ½ in. (100 cm.) wide; 39 ½ in. (100 cm.) deep


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    The combination of sophisticated brass and mother-of-pearl marquetry inlaid on a richly-striated rosewood ground bears comparison with the work of the Munich cabinet-maker, Franz Xaver Fortner (1798-1877), whose repertoire embraced Neo-Gothicism to Historicism, and who continued the 18th-century Bavarian speciality of brass-inlaid furniture. By the mid-19th century, the Boulle-revival fashion reached the court of Frederick William IV, and in 1859, he commissioned furniture for the Boulle zimmer of the newly-built Orangerie located in the grounds of Schloss Sanssouci. A Gothic octagonal table by Fortner, veneered in premiere-partie, is illustrated in H. Kreisel, Die Kunst des deutschen Mobels, vol. III, Munich, 1973, no. 672, and a fine wall cabinet by this maker is in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, museum no. BK-1996-15.

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    This Lot is Withdrawn.