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    Sale 7592

    Four British Collections Including Important Furniture

    5 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 66

    A NEAR PAIR OF LATE LOUIS XV MAHOGANY RAFRAICHISSOIRS

    BY JOSEPH GENGENBACH, DIT CANABAS, THIRD QUARTER 18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A NEAR PAIR OF LATE LOUIS XV MAHOGANY RAFRAICHISSOIRS
    BY JOSEPH GENGENBACH, DIT CANABAS, THIRD QUARTER 18TH CENTURY
    Each with a rounded rectangular top inset with grey-veined white marble and a pair of cylindrical silvered-metal liners flanked by oval sunk wells, with a moulded edge and above a rounded frieze with one drawer, the slightly cabriole legs joined by two concave-sided undertiers and terminating in later brass toupie feet with castors, each stamped 'J.CANABAS', the undertier of one rafraîchissoir probably replaced
    One 30½ in. (78 cm.) high; 23 in. (58.5 cm.) wide; 18½ in. (47 cm.) deep; the other 30½ in. (78 cm.) high; 22½ in. (57 cm.) wide; 19½ in. (50 cm.) deep (2)


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    Canabas, of German origin, settled in the famed Parisian Faubourg Saint-Antoine in 1755 as an ouvrier libre before becoming maître in 1766.
    Canabas specialised in small functional pieces devoid of any exaggerated ornamentation or unnecessary ormolu mounts, using the finest mahogany veneers to enhance the sheer elegance of his pieces.
    He is known to have focused predominantly on practical tables or rafraichissoirs such as the present lot, which could be used for service, without the need for servants, and moved easily from one side of the dining-room to another, thereby conveying a unique versatility to his pieces.
    Closely related rafraichissoirs by or attributed to Canabas sold at auction including one sold anonymously, Christie's, New York, 20 October 2006, lot 813 ($192,000 including premium), a further example sold from the Hammel collection, Tajan, Paris, 18 December 2001, lot 159 (EUR22,105 including premium) and another, sold anonymously, Sotheby's, London, 30 November 1990, lot 143 (£24,200 including premium).
    A closely-related rafraichissoir is in the Musée Nissim de Camondo, Paris (ill. 'Musée Nissim de Camondo', 1973, n.271, p.65).

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE EUROPEAN COLLECTOR
    (LOTS 40-81)