19 March 2008,
London, King Street
Price realised GBP 50,900
Estimate GBP 25,000 - GBP 35,000
A NAPOLEON III ORMOLU-MOUNTED JAPANESE LACQUER, EBONY, AMBOYNA, MAHOGANY AND MOTHER-OF-PEARL-INLAID SECRETAIRE A ABATTANT
IN THE MANNER OF ADAM WEISWEILER, THIRD QUARTER 19TH CENTURY, THE LACQUER EDO PERIOD (1615-1868)
The shaped rectangular white marble top above a scrolled acanthus frieze, fitted to the front with a drawer, above a fall-front panel lined with a gilt-tooled leather writing service and enclosing an interior fitted with three pigeon-holes and four small drawers decorated with birds and foliage, the front and sides lacquered with spring blossoms and geometical flowers, the angles set with flower-filled basket bearing caryatids, above a shaped apron fitted with a drawer, on tapering fluted legs joined by a pierced loop stretcher, on toupie feet, the back of the carcass bearing the false stamps [..]ME CARLIN
52 in. (132 cm.) high; 29½ in. (75 cm.) wide; 16¼ in. (41.5 cm.) deep
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The Japanese lacquer panels incorporated in this fine secrétaire-à-abattant are decorated in gold and silver hiramaki-e on a roiro ground, the front with pomegranate and plum trees, the sides each with pine trees and bamboo. In the manner of Weisweiler and Carlin, this secretaire dates from the third-quarter 19th century when Empress Eugénie invigorated a revival for Marie-Antoinette-style pieces. The use of lacquer, craftsmanship and quality of the ormolu is very much in the oeuvre of the most celebrated ébénistes of the Second Empire, namely Maison Krieger, Alfred Beurdeley and Henry Dasson.
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Anonymous sale, Christie's, London, 26 October 2000, lot 70 (£25,850).