• Important Early European Furni auction at Christies

    Sale 7764

    Important Early European Furniture, Sculpture & Tapestries

    5 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 211

    A LOUIS XIV PEWTER-INLAID AMARANTH AND EBONISED BOULLE MARQUETRY MEUBLE A DEUX CORPS

    LATE 17TH CENTURY

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    A LOUIS XIV PEWTER-INLAID AMARANTH AND EBONISED BOULLE MARQUETRY MEUBLE A DEUX CORPS
    LATE 17TH CENTURY
    Decorated overall with strapwork and stylised scroling foliage, the rectangular cresting above a cushion-shaped frieze and an architectural facade with twelve walnut-lined drawers arranged around a central cupboard door, decorated with a pair of birds and enclosing a stage-set tromp l'oye interior with mirrored sides and a parquetry floor enclosing eleven secret drawers, the sides centred by masks within similarly strapwork and scrolling foliage-decorated fields, the base with a frieze fitted with two drawers and a pair of doors, centred with ovals depicting Meleager and Diana respectively, each with their hounds, and enclosing a plain interior, the sides decorated accordingly, on later turned feet, restorations and some replacements to veneers and marquetry
    80¼ in. (204 cm.) high; 54 in. (137 cm.) wide; 20¾ in. (53 cm.) deep


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    With its striking pewter-inlaid and distinctly architectural façade this cabinet en armoire is closely related to an example at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris (illustrated Chefs-d'oeuvre du Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, 1985, pp. 42-43).

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    Provenance

    Sothebys, Monaco, 23-24 June 1985, lot 793 (attributed to Gole).


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN