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    Sale 7574

    Thomas Hope & The Neoclassical Vision & The Collector of Collections

    24 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 120

    A MID-VICTORIAN BRASS-MOUNTED BURR-WALNUT COLLECTOR'S CABINET

    THIRD QUARTER 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A MID-VICTORIAN BRASS-MOUNTED BURR-WALNUT COLLECTOR'S CABINET
    THIRD QUARTER 19TH CENTURY
    The rectangular moulded top above a pair of arched panelled doors each with monogrammed initials 'AEH' below the Hope crest of a rainbow above the Earth, enclosing eight mahogany-lined drawers with adjustable divisions and handles inscribed with Roman numerals, on a stand with cabriole legs
    54 in. (137 cm.) high; 26½ in. (67.5 cm.) wide; 21¾ in. (55.5 cm.) deep


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    The golden collector's cabinet of richly mottled oak is conceived in the early Victorian French antique fashion. While its flowered and reed-banded stand is sculpted in the Louis XV 'picturesque' manner with Love's shell, its doors, concealing its drawer-nest, incorporate triumphal arched tablets that are inlaid, in Louis Quatorze 'boulle' fashion, with a brass-inlaid cypher ensigned with the Hope family crest. The crest of a broken globe beneath a rainbow issuing from clouds, is that of the Hopes of Deepdene, Surrey and Castle Blayney Hope Castle, Ireland, whose motto is 'At Spes Non Fracta'. The acanthus-wreathed cipher is that of Adéle Hope (d. 1884), wife of Henry Thomas Hope, who aggrandised Deepdene in the 1840s.

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    Provenance

    Possibly Adéle Hope (d. 1884), wife of Henry Thomas Hope (1808-1862), son of Thomas Hope (1769-1834) of Duchess Street and by family descent to the present owner.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A LADY: A DESCENDANT OF THOMAS HOPE