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    Sale 12455

    European Furniture & Works of Art

    6 July 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 127

    A NEAR PAIR OF MAHOGANY AND SILVERED-BRONZE RAFRAICHISSOIRS

    ONE BY JOSEPH CANABAS, LOUIS XVI, CIRCA 1780, THE OTHER PROBABLY OF LATER DATE

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    A NEAR PAIR OF MAHOGANY AND SILVERED-BRONZE RAFRAICHISSOIRS
    ONE BY JOSEPH CANABAS, LOUIS XVI, CIRCA 1780, THE OTHER PROBABLY OF LATER DATE
    Each oval top with a sliding tray, above two tiers, one tier fitted with four silvered-bronze rafraichissoirs, on tapering feet and brass castors, one stamped 'J.CANABAS', the other with a spurious stamp.
    41 in. (104 cm.) high; 23 in. (58 cm.) wide; 19 in. (48 cm.) deep


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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 restrained, small functional pieces devoid of any exaggerated ornamentation. He focused predominantly on practical tables or rafraichissoirs, which could be used for service, without the need for servants, and moved easily from one side of the dining-room to another.
    However the present model is particularly rare and we know very few similar examples. One closely related pair sold Christie's Paris, 16 December 2004, another pair sold Sotheby's NY, Alexandre Benchouffi sale, 9 November 2006, lot 103 ($51,000).