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    Sale 7574

    Thomas Hope & The Neoclassical Vision & The Collector of Collections

    24 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 374

    A LOUIS XV ORMOLU-MOUNTED TULIPWOOD, AMARANTH AND MARQUETRY SERPENTINE TABLE DE SALON

    BY PIERRE MIGEON, MID-18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A LOUIS XV ORMOLU-MOUNTED TULIPWOOD, AMARANTH AND MARQUETRY SERPENTINE TABLE DE SALON
    BY PIERRE MIGEON, MID-18TH CENTURY
    The shaped top with central ribbon-tied foliate spray in a cartouche, above three drawers, the top drawer enclosing a leather-lined writing-surface and four divisions, on cabriole legs joined by an undertier inlaid 'à quatre faces', with foliate-cast sabots, stamped thrice 'JME' and twice 'MIGEON', the underside with copper inventory plaque impressed '1224'
    27¼ in. (69 cm.) high; 17 in. (43 cm.) wide; 13 in. (33 cm.) deep


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    Pierre Migeon II, maitre circa 1738.

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    Provenance

    The Edward James Collection, West Dean Park, West Sussex; Christie's house sale, 2, 3 and 6 June 1986, lot 109.


    Pre-Lot Text

    West Dean was entirely re-equipped and redecorated by the renowned firm of Ernest George and Harold Ainsworth Peto, when the estate was acquired by William Dodge James in 1891. The mix of English, French and other continental pieces illustrates the taste for the eclectic and the foreign which the James's, keen travellers - and particularly Edward - were renowned for. The James's entertained on a sumptuous scale. Edward's acquaintances included Salvador Dalì, Aldous Huxley, Lady Cunard, Nancy and Ronald Tree, and Lady Colefax.