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    Sale 7445

    Important European Furniture, Sculpture and Tapestries

    6 December 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 48

    A GERMAN ORMOLU-MOUNTED AND BRASS-INLAID ACAJOU MOUCHETE (PLUM-PUDDING MAHOGANY) DRESSING-TABLE

    BY DAVID ROENTGEN, NEUWIED, CIRCA 1785

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    A GERMAN ORMOLU-MOUNTED AND BRASS-INLAID ACAJOU MOUCHETE (PLUM-PUDDING MAHOGANY) DRESSING-TABLE
    BY DAVID ROENTGEN, NEUWIED, CIRCA 1785
    The rectangular sliding top above a panelled frieze-drawer with drapery handles, enclosing a fitted interior with a writing-surface and a hinged mirror, flanked by two compartments with tambour covers and incorporating a subsidiary drawer with a sliding writing-surface lined with gilt-tooled green leather, enclosing two compartments and a secret side drawer with three variously-sized compartments, on square tapering removable legs terminating in ormolu caps and castors, legs numbered 'I' to 'IIII' respectively, numbered twice in pencil '8103', replacements to borders around legs, mirror plate probably replaced
    31¼ in. (79 cm.) high; 35 in. (89 cm.) wide; 23¾ in. (60.5 cm.) deep


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    With its elaborate mechanism designed to accommodate a whole spectrum of domestic activities, this sophisticated little table, veneered in figured mahogany, is typical of the late 18th century production of the Roentgen workshops.
    Developed in the late 1780's by David Roentgen (1743-1807), who took control of his father Abraham's (1711-1793) workshop in 1772, this table relates to a small group of similarly proportioned and decorated tables, which all differ slightly in the fitting of their interior. Stylistically, the table offered here relates closest to one in the collection of the Dukes of Saxe Coburg Gotha in Coburg, while other examples have been recorded in Schloss Ludwigsburg, Swabia, and the collections of the Duchess Amalia of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach in the Wittumspalais, Weimar. Another example, stamped with a French royal inventory marque au feu is illustrated in D. Fabian, Roentgen Möbel aus Neuwied, 1986, p. 72, figs. 117-120.

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    Provenance

    Sir David Montgomery, Bt., Kinross House, Fife, sold Christie's, London, 27 June 1974, lot 107.
    Sotheby's, London, 11 December 1981, lot 138.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A LADY


    Literature

    D. Fabian, Abraham und David Roentgen, Bad Neustadt/Saale, 1996, cat. 115, p. 67.

    COMPARATIVE LITERATURE:
    D. Fabian, Roentgen Möbel aus Neuwied, 1986, pp. 68-72, figs. 104-108 and 117-120.
    J.M. Greber, Abraham und David Roentgen: Möbel für Europa, Starnberg, 1980, ills. 585-594.