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    Sale 2808

    European Furniture, Clocks, Sculpture and Works of Art

    15 - 16 December 2008, Amsterdam

  • Lot 248

    A GERMAN WALNUT, OAK, MAHOGANY AND MAPLE MARQUETRY BUREAU 'PULTSCHREIBTISCH'

    ATTRIBUTED TO LUDWIG HEINRICH ROHDE (1683-1755), MAINZ, CIRCA 1725-1730, THE TOP REVENEERED

    Price Realised  

    A GERMAN WALNUT, OAK, MAHOGANY AND MAPLE MARQUETRY BUREAU 'PULTSCHREIBTISCH'
    ATTRIBUTED TO LUDWIG HEINRICH ROHDE (1683-1755), MAINZ, CIRCA 1725-1730, THE TOP REVENEERED
    Inlaid overall with interlaced strapwork, trellis patterns, foliate-edged C-scrolls and fan-shaped shell motifs, the rectangular top above a hinged slope centred by a crocodile, enclosing a fitted interior with eleven drawers and a well, above a moulded waved frieze inlaid with conforming panels centred by a scallop and flanked by scrolling angles, on turned and carved tapering legs headed by acanthus and incised with husk trails
    97 cm. high x 85,5 cm. wide x 47 cm. deep


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    This bureau can be attributed to the Mainz Hofschreiner Heinrich Ludwig Rohde (1683-1755) based on the comparison with a bureau in Schloss Pommersfelden which has an identical decorative scheme with slight variations in materials and execution. Rohde's work is identifieable from a group of furniture he executed for the Electors Lothar Franz von Schönborn, Ludwig von Pfalz-Neuburg, Philipp Karl von Eltz and finally Johann Friedrich Karl von Ostein (H. Zinnkann, Meisterstücke Mainzer Möbel des 18. Jahrhundert, Frankfurt, 1988, pp. 13-19).
    Rodhe can first be traced in Mainz in 1715, and initially collaborated with the Franconian cabinet-maker Ferdinand Plitzner (1678-1724), who executed furniture for Schloss Pommersfelden, seat of the Schönborn family. Cf, G. Himmelheber, Die Kunst des Deutschen Möbels,vol. II, Munich, 1973, pl. 265.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN