• Christie's Interiors auction at Christies

    Sale 5670

    Christie's Interiors

    26 January 2010, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 347

    A NAPOLEON III EBONISED AND BRASS MOUNTED SIDE CABINET

    THIRD QUARTER 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A NAPOLEON III EBONISED AND BRASS MOUNTED SIDE CABINET
    THIRD QUARTER 19TH CENTURY
    The shaped polished slate top above a single panelled door enclosing two shelves flanked by turned and fluted pilasters and concave side panels on turned feet
    43½ in. (110 cm.) high; 44 in. (112 cm.) wide; 17½ in. (45 cm.) deep


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    The cabinet, with Pompeian columnar corners, displays a flowered tablet with boulle-fashioned brass inlay framing a bas-relief of a vestal sacrificing at an altar. It is surmounted by a frieze tablet of an heroic subject in the late 18th century fashion popularised by the artist Jean-Guillaume Moitte (d.1810). The Roman acanthus bas-relief cartouche displayed on it's lambrequined apron corresponds to a pattern adopted in the 1770's by the court-maker and revived on the boulle-inspired furniture manufactured in the mid-19th century by ebenistes such as Mathieu Befort.

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    No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 17.5% will be added to the buyer's premium, which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis.
    This lot will be removed to an off-site warehouse at the close of business on the day of sale - 2 weeks free storage


    Provenance

    Anonymous sale; Christie's South Kensington, 25 September 2007, lot 615.