• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 7841

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe

    29 April 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 147

    A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU-MOUNTED TULIPWOOD, AMARANTH, BOIS SATINE AND MARQUETRY SECRETAIRE-A-ABATTANT

    BY NICOLAS PETIT, THIRD QUARTER 18TH CENTURY

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    A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU-MOUNTED TULIPWOOD, AMARANTH, BOIS SATINE AND MARQUETRY SECRETAIRE-A-ABATTANT
    BY NICOLAS PETIT, THIRD QUARTER 18TH CENTURY
    The moulded rectangular gris Saint Anne marble top above a floret-filled guilloche frieze fitted with a drawer and a fall-front inlaid with a ribbon-tied musical trophy, enclosing a fitted interior with green leather-lined writing surface, drawers inlaid sans traverse with floral sprays and an open compartment, flanked by simulated fluted pilasters, above a pair of doors inlaid with a flowering vase, enclosing a shelf, the sides with conforming floral marquetry, on bracket feet mounted with rosettes, stamped twice 'N.PETIT' and once 'JME', the marble with restored break
    47¼ in. (120 cm.) high; 28¼ in. (72 cm.) wide; 14¼ in. (36.5 cm.) deep


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    Of delicate proportions, this secrétaire à abattant executed by Nicolas Petit (1732-1791, maître in 1761) features ribbon-tied musical instruments hung from tasselled drapery above flowering urns, characteristic of the oeuvre of the ébéniste.

    Among the related examples of similar proportions by Petit, a secrétaire was sold from the Property of the Late Mrs. A.E. Snapper at Sotheby's, London, 17 March 1961, lot 146, while A. Droguet illustrates a further related example in Nicolas Petit, 1732-1791, Paris, 2001, p. 92.

    Erich von Goldschmidt-Rothschild was a member of the Frankfurt Rothschild branch (son of Max Goldschmidt and Minna von Rothschild) and was married to Veronika Henckel von Donnersmarck. Very early on, he decided to leave Germany for safer grounds and sold his collection at auction in Berlin in 1931. His villa in the Tiergarten was sadly destroyed during the war in 1943; however, a few contemporary photographs of the villa's lavish interiors were taken by photographer Martha Huth in 1931, just before Goldschmidt-Rothschild decided to sell the invaluable collection of Dutch paintings and French furniture his father had assembled.

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    VAT rate of 5% is payable on hammer price and at 17.5% on the buyer's premium.


    Provenance

    Collection Erich von Goldschmidt-Rothschild, sold Paul Graupe, Berlin, 24-25 March 1931, lot 166.
    Jean Lupu, Paris, in the 1970's, where acquired by the present owner.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A LADY (LOTS 146-147)