• European Noble and Private Col auction at Christies

    Sale 2835

    European Noble and Private Collections

    15 - 16 December 2009, Amsterdam

  • Lot 318

    A German walnut, burr-walnut, ash, fruitwood, pewter and ivory inlaid cupboard


    Price Realised  


    A German walnut, burr-walnut, ash, fruitwood, pewter and ivory inlaid cupboard
    Banded and crossbanded overall and inlaid with foliate strapwork the moulded shaped cornice above a plain frieze above a pair of panelled cupboard doors each with a raised shaped panel depicting Persephone and Victory under a canopy surmounted by an eagle, flanked and divided by a rectangular pilaster headed by acanthus capitals, enclosing a plain interior, on a panelled base and bun feet
    230 cm. high x 210 cm. wide x 72 cm. deep

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    Braunschweig took an added importance as a centre of court art after the Elector of Hannover, of the house of Braunschweig-Celle, became King of England as George I in 1714, causing his cousins, the Dukes of Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel, who resided in Braunschweig rather than Hanover, to attain a more prominent position in their part of Germany. In the same year 1714, August Wilhelm succeeded as Duke of Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel. A characteristic feature of Braunschweig cabinet-making is the finely detailed inlay-work featuring figures in ivory; this is already apparent in the panelling installed in a cupboard in the Städtisches Museum Braunschweig, round 1740-1750, Braunschweiger Rokoko, 2005 Braunschweig, p. 35. A comparable drawing by Braunschweig cabinetmaker Philipp Julius Markwordt, dated 1720, is shown in H. Kreisel, Die Kunst des deutschen Möbels, München, 1970, pl. 98.

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