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    Sale 2825

    The Decorative Arts Sale

    30 June - 1 July 2009, Amsterdam

  • Lot 554

    A GERMAN SILVERED AND GILT-BRONZE MOUNTED, EBONY, EBONIZED AND EMBOSSED LEATHER CABINET ON STAND

    THIRD QUARTER 19TH CENTURY, PROBABLY STUTTGART, THE MOUNTS POSSIBLY SUPPLIED BY THE STOTZ FOUNDRY

    Price Realised  

    A GERMAN SILVERED AND GILT-BRONZE MOUNTED, EBONY, EBONIZED AND EMBOSSED LEATHER CABINET ON STAND
    THIRD QUARTER 19TH CENTURY, PROBABLY STUTTGART, THE MOUNTS POSSIBLY SUPPLIED BY THE STOTZ FOUNDRY
    Decorated overall with floral-shaped embossed leather panels joined by studs on pierced foliate-cast square panels the rectangular top above a hinged fall-front with green baize-lining to the reverse, with carrying handles to the side, enclosing an architecturally fitted interior with eight variously sized drawers, each with pierced arabesques on red velvet panels, flanked and divided by fluted columns and niches centred by acanthus-cast urns and a central hidden door enclosing a plain compartment, the moulded stand with scrolled slides, on baluster supports, joined by a square and ring-turned stretcher, inventory label to the underside, inscribed König Wilhelm II.
    136 cm. high x 74 cm. wide x 60 cm. deep


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    With its finely carved ebony mouldings and its richely mounted metalwork this cabinet on stand shows significant similarities to a group of fine ebony furniture which are all made by the workshop Brauer in Stuttgart. Little is known about this firm, despite the fact that most of the furniture attributable to Brauer was made for the court of King Wilhelm II. , the fourth and last king of Baden Würtemberg (1848-1921).
    Like King Wilhem I before him, Wilhelm II was a strong believer in stimulating the national industry of Würtemberg. Therefore all of the furnishings for palaces, comissions for monuments, and buildings were awarded to local craftsmen.
    Another comparable cabinet with the same highly visible studs, now in the collection of the Landesmuseum Württemberg is shown in Das Königreich Würtemberg 1806-1918 Monarchie und Moderne Stuttgart, 2006, pl. 499. This cabinet is designed by Paul Stotz, who founded the design department the Stotz foundry in 1876 named Bronce-Waaren-Fabrik A. Stotz in Stuttgart. During the tenure of Paul Stotz the firm reached great heights, the firm supplied monuments and ornaments to the court of Stuttgart, but also the courts of Rumania, Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen, Bavaria and the Netherlands. The repertoire of the Stotz foundry was very varied, they supplied light fittings for the large ocean liners, but also had the capacity for the largest bronze monuments, such as the equestrian statue of Wilhelm I, in Stuttgart.

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