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    Sale 2172

    Important European Furniture, Works of Art, Ceramics, Tapestries and Oriental Carpets

    9 June 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 261

    A LOUIS XIV ORMOLU AND GILT-METAL-MOUNTED EBONY, FRUITWOOD, MARQUETRY AND PARCEL-GILT CABINET ON AN EBONY AND EBONIZED STAND

    POSSIBLY BY PIERRE GOLE, 1660-1680, THE STAND OF LATER DATE AND INCORPORATING A MARQUETRY PANEL FROM THE ORIGINAL STAND

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    A LOUIS XIV ORMOLU AND GILT-METAL-MOUNTED EBONY, FRUITWOOD, MARQUETRY AND PARCEL-GILT CABINET ON AN EBONY AND EBONIZED STAND
    POSSIBLY BY PIERRE GOLE, 1660-1680, THE STAND OF LATER DATE AND INCORPORATING A MARQUETRY PANEL FROM THE ORIGINAL STAND
    The breakfronted cornice with balustrade gallery above two ranges of walnut-lined drawers inlaid with strapwork shields issuing floral sprays, flanking a central door inlaid with a flower-filled vase with a short drawer above and below, the door enclosing an interior inlaid with seaweed marquetry, with an arrangement of twelve drawers flanking a central niche with mirrored sides and with a silver gilt figure of Hercules concealing three secret birch-lined drawers, the base with three drawers, the finials of later date, lacking two further figures to interior, two interior drawers marked with a brand of 'F' with two stars within a heart
    88 in. (223.5 cm.) high, 67 in. (170 cm.) wide, 22½ in. (56 cm.) deep


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    The richly scrolling, lushly naturalistic panels of floral marquetry on an ebony ground, framed by distinctive arabesque borders, relate this spectacular cabinet closely to the documented oeuvre of Pierre Gole (circa 1620-1684), who from 1656 was 'maître menuisier en èbène ordinaire du roi'.

    The abundant flower-filled vases of the central door, and of the end panels, which are on distinctive stands with monopodia supports, obviously owe a debt to the great Flemish and French still life painters of the 17th century such as Ambrosius Bosschaert and Jean-Baptiste Monnoyer.

    A flower-filled vase supported by a closely related monopodia-supported stand features on a cabinet attributed to Gole illustrated in Th. Lunsingh Scheurleer, Pierre Gole Ebéniste de Louis XIV, Dijon, 2005, pp. 137-141. Similar tied floral sprays to the drawer-fronts recur throughout Gole's oeuvre, for instance on a bureau mazarin brisé illustrated in Scheurleer op. cit., pp. 190-191, which also featured flower-filled vases to the sides and was sold from the collection of the late Sir Arthur Gilbert, Christie's, New York, 21 October 2005, lot 333 ($190,000 exc. premium).

    Provenance

    with Junot, Geneva, 1971.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF PROFESSOR AND MRS. CLIFFORD AMBROSE TRUESDELL (LOTS 261-262)