• The Collection of a Lady - Mag auction at Christies

    Sale 7827

    The Collection of a Lady - Magnificent French Furniture, Savonnerie, Sèvres Porcelain, Silver and Chinese Works of Art

    10 December 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 577

    A LOUIS XV ORMOLU-MOUNTED TULIPWOOD, AMARANTH AND MARQUETRY TABLE A ECRIRE

    CIRCA 1750, PROBABLY RETAILED BY JOHANN-GOTLIEB FROST

    Price Realised  

    A LOUIS XV ORMOLU-MOUNTED TULIPWOOD, AMARANTH AND MARQUETRY TABLE A ECRIRE
    CIRCA 1750, PROBABLY RETAILED BY JOHANN-GOTLIEB FROST
    Inlaid overall with floral sprays and cartouches, the serpentine top with gallery, above a leather-lined slide and drawer, and a drawer to either side, on cabriole legs, indistinctly stamped 'J.G. FROST JME', and another obliterated stamp, with label inscribed '13002', the angle mounts replaced
    28 in. (71.5 cm.) high; 16½ in. (42 cm.) wide; 14½ in. (37 cm.) deep


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    Johann or Jean-Gotlieb Frost, maître in 1785.

    Frost was born in Berlin in 1746 and came to Paris circa 1782. He was apprenticed to David Roentgen, and was his self-named successor, according to a notice published after receiving his maîtrise: "Le sieur Frost, successeur du sieur David Roentgen, ébéniste-méchanicien du Roi et la Reine, tient à présent, rue Croix-des-Petits-Champs, le grand magazin d'Ebénisterie que ce dernier avait ci-devant rue de Grenelle-Saint-Honoré, et continue de vendre des meubles très recherchés pour leur forme et leur poli". He worked in the same manner as Roentgen and he often sold pieces made by Roentgen as well. He most likely stamped this table à ecrire in his capacity as a dealer as it is too early to be his own work.

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    Provenance

    With Rosenberg & Stiebel, New York.
    The Ogden Phipps Collection, sold Sotheby's New York, 24 October 2003, lot 37.