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    Sale 7745

    Important European Furniture, Sculpture & Clocks

    9 July 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 75

    A NEAR PAIR OF LATE LOUIS XV MAHOGANY RAFRAICHISSOIRS

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

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    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 a grey-veined white marble within a moulded surround and a pair of cylindrical silvered-metal liners flanked by oval sunk wells, above a frieze drawer, on slightly cabriole legs joined by two shaped rectangular undertiers and terminating in later brass toupie feet with castors, each stamped 'J.CANABAS', the undertier of one rafraîchissoir probably replaced
    One: 30¾ in. (78 cm.) high; 22¾ in. (58 cm.) wide; 19¼ in. (49 cm.) deep
    The other: 30¾ in. (78 cm.) high; 23¼ in. (59 cm.) and 18½ in. (47 cm.) deep (2)


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    Joseph Gegenbach called Canabas, of German origin, settled in the famed Parisian Faubourg Saint-Antoine in 1755 and became maître in 1766. He specialised in small functional pieces devoid of any exaggerated ornamentation or ormolu mounts, using the finest mahogany timbers. He is known to have focused predominantly on practical tables or rafraîchissoirs such as the present lot, which could be used for service and moved easily in the dining-room, thereby conveying a unique versatility to his pieces.
    Various closely related rafraîchissoirs by or attributed to Canabas sold at auction include one sold at Christie's New York, 20 October 2006, lot 813 ($192,000 including premium). A closely-related rafraîchissoir is in the Musée Nissim de Camondo, Paris (ill. 'Muse Nissim de Camondo', 1973, n. 271, p. 65).

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    Provenance

    Anonymous sale [Jansen & the Antique: A Private European Collection], Christie's, London, 5 June 2008, lot 66.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN