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    Sale 12036

    Christie's Interiors

    18 May 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 256

    A LATE VICTORIAN CALAMANDER AND BONE-INLAID LADY'S DESK

    BY JOHNSTONE NORMAN & CO., LONDON, LATE 19TH CENTURY

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    A LATE VICTORIAN CALAMANDER AND BONE-INLAID LADY'S DESK
    BY JOHNSTONE NORMAN & CO., LONDON, LATE 19TH CENTURY
    With four small drawers above a red leather surface and two frieze drawers, stamped 'JOHNSTONE NORMAN & CO. 67 NEW BOND ST, LONDON' and inlaid on the top edge of the right drawer in bone 'MAMIE RALLI - XMAS 1892'
    35 in. (89 cm.) high; 33 ¼ in. (84.5 cm.) wide; 21 in. (53 cm.) wide


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    It would appear that this desk was given as a Christmas present in 1892 to Mamie Ralli, daughter of Sir Lucas Ralli (1846-1931), Head of the Ralli family Merchant Trading Company, and Eugenia 'Jenny' Argenti (1854-1935).

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    Provenance

    Mary 'Mamie' Ralli (1875-1961), circa 1892.
    Christie's London, Boulle to Jansen: An Important European Collection, 11 & 12 June 2003, Lot 240.