• Christies auction house James Christie logo

    Sale 12041

    Noble & Private Collections Part II

    27 April 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 226

    A LOUIS XIII EBONY, EBONISED, IVORY AND FRUITWOOD MARQUETRY CABINET-ON-STAND

    MID-17TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A LOUIS XIII EBONY, EBONISED, IVORY AND FRUITWOOD MARQUETRY CABINET-ON-STAND
    MID-17TH CENTURY
    Engraved overall with floral sprays, the rectangular moulded top above a pair of frieze drawers and a pair of panelled doors, enclosing an interior fitted with twelve drawers arranged around an additional door enclosing a central cupboard fitted with a marquetry-inlaid stage-set interior, the stand with a pair of frieze drawers above a waved apron, on spirally turned supports joined by a low stretcher, on bun feet
    65 in. (165 cm.) high; 51 in. (130 cm.) wide; 21 ½ in. (55 cm.) deep


    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    Contact the department

    Cabinets like this one were the height of fashion in France from about 1640 to 1660. They were used to house collections of precious objects and curiosities of the natural word, such as unusual shells, as well as being admired as luxury objects in their own right.

    The finely carved ebony panels combined with the rich and stage-like interior in the Flemish manner is typical of the oeuvre of Jean Macé, from Blois. Trained in the Low Countries he has been credited with many similarly decorated cabinets, including the Endymion Cabinet in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London (Museum number 1651:1).

    IMPORTANT NOTICE ON LOTS CONTAINING IVORY:
    The USA has recently changed its policy on the import of property containing elephant ivory. Only Asian Elephant ivory may be imported into the USA, and imports must be accompanied by DNA analysis and confirmation the object is more than 100 years old. Buyers will be responsible for the costs of obtaining any DNA analysis or other report required in connection with their proposed import into the USA. A buyer’s inability to export or import a lot is not a basis for cancelling their purchase.

    Special Notice

    Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory and tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.
    All sold and unsold lots marked with a filled square in the catalogue that are not cleared from Christie’s by 5:00 pm on the day of the sale, and all sold and unsold lots not cleared from Christie’s by 5:00 pm on the fifth Friday following the sale, will be removed to the warehouse of ‘Cadogan Tate’. Please note that there will be no charge to purchasers who collect their lots within two weeks of this sale.


    Pre-Lot Text

    A VILLA IN TUSCANY
    PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN
    (LOTS 152-175, 201-271 & 290)