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    Sale 7445

    Important European Furniture, Sculpture and Tapestries

    6 December 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 168

    A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU-MOUNTED, TULIPWOOD, AMARANTH AND MARQUETRY COMMODE A VANTAUX

    BY MARTIN CARLIN, CIRCA 1775, ADAPTED FROM A PAIR OF ENCOIGNURES, RECONSTRUCTED IN ENGLAND IN THE SECOND HALF 19TH CENTURY

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    A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU-MOUNTED, TULIPWOOD, AMARANTH AND MARQUETRY COMMODE A VANTAUX
    BY MARTIN CARLIN, CIRCA 1775, ADAPTED FROM A PAIR OF ENCOIGNURES, RECONSTRUCTED IN ENGLAND IN THE SECOND HALF 19TH CENTURY
    The rectangular grey-veined white marble top with canted angles, above a bead and foliate-cast edge, the panelled doors centred by oval medallions inlaid with foliate scrolls, the angles with scrolling acanthus, within a beaded stiff-leaf cast surround, above a pierced apron with a lion mask and acanthus scrolls, flanked and divided by foliate-headed pilasters, the sides centred by ribbon-tied floral panels beneath an acanthus-cast frieze, on square-sectioned tapering legs headed by rosette paterae, decorated with fruited garlands, and terminating in foliate-wrapped toupie feet, the corpus and sides later and subsequently some mounts later
    38¾ in. (98.5 cm.) high; 69 in. (175.5 cm.) wide; 22¼ in. (56.5 cm.) deep


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    Martin Carlin, maître in 1766.

    This superb and richly-mounted commode is embellished with breakfront panels with ovals intricately-inlaid with foliate and arabesque motifs, characteristic for some of Carlin's most accomplished marquetry pieces of the late 1770s. The present commode has an opulent double façade, and was executed from a pair encoignures by Carlin,en suite with his celebrated commode and secretaire in the Huntington Collection, San Marino, California (R. Wark, French Decorative Arts in the Huntington Collection, San Marino, 1979, Figs 64-65).
    This splendid suite of marquetry furniture is decorated with bold and finely-chased mounts of superior quality, which were almost certainly supplied by one of the marchand-merciers, for whom Carlin almost exclusively worked. His longstanding relationship with Simon-Philippe Poirier (d. 1785) is particularly noteworthy, and his finest masterpieces were mostly sold through A la Couronne d'Or, Poirier's fashionable business in the Rue St. Honoré.
    The present commode's apron mount, with its lion mask and scrolling foliage, also features on various splendid pieces by Carlin now in The Louvre. These include Madame du Barry's celebrated porcelain-mounted commode of circa 1772 and a pair of lacquer-mounted encoignures of circa 1780, from Chateau de Bellevue, which are illustrated in D. Alcouffe et.al., Furniture Collections in the Louvre, vol. I, Dijon, 1993, no. 67, pp. 218-223, no. 78, pp. 246-247.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN