• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 7784

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe

    10 December 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 865

    A LOUIS XIV ORMOLU-MOUNTED AND BRASS-INLAID RED TORTOISESHELL BOULLE MARQUETRY BUREAU MAZARIN

    LATE 17TH/EARLY 18TH CENTURY

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    A LOUIS XIV ORMOLU-MOUNTED AND BRASS-INLAID RED TORTOISESHELL BOULLE MARQUETRY BUREAU MAZARIN
    LATE 17TH/EARLY 18TH CENTURY
    Decorated overall in première partie with strapwork and foliate scrolls, the rectangular top centred by a floral cartouche within a lambrequined foliate border, above a recessed frieze drawer and a kneehole cupboard, flanked to each side by three conformingly-inlaid short drawers, the sides inlaid with further strapwork and mystical beasts, on canted square tapering legs joined by X-shaped stretchers and terminating in toupie feet, the black-painted back, branded 'S.L' beneath a crown, by family tradition for the Princes della Torre e Tasso, Italian branch of the Thurn & Taxis family, minor losses and restorations to the marquetry
    30¾ in. (78 cm.) high; 48¼ in. (122.5 cm.) wide; 28¼ in. (71.5 cm.) deep


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    Provenance

    T.S.H the Princess of La Torre e Tasso.
    Acquired in the 1960s, thence by descent to the present owner.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A DISTINGUISHED PRINCELY PRIVATE COLLECTOR