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    Sale 2090

    European Furniture, Sculpture, Works Of Art, Tapestries And Carpets

    22 April 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 179

    A NORTH EUROPEAN GITWOOD WINDOW BENCH

    PROBABLY LATE 18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A NORTH EUROPEAN GITWOOD WINDOW BENCH
    PROBABLY LATE 18TH CENTURY
    With two slightly out-scrolled shield form sides flanking a serpentine-fronted rest all covered in beige woven silk raised on ring-turned circular tapering fluted legs headed with rosettes, regilt, possibly originally conceived without a central front leg
    31½ in. (80 cm.) high, 42½ in. (108 cm.) long


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    Provenance

    Bought from Florian Papp, New York, in 1992


    Pre-Lot Text

    Sweeping Central Park views provide a dramatic backdrop for this elegant interior which represents a collaboration between the owner and a prominent New York decorator. The charming watercolor of the living room illustrated here captures the owner's love of neo-Classical themes and presents a twentieth-century twist to the notion of the Grand Tour. For the eighteenth century Mi'lordi, this journey through the noted Roman and Renaissance landmarks was both an educational and social right of passage. Along the way, furniture, objects, sculpture and paintings were collected to be displayed as more tangible souvenirs of their European travels.

    This carefully assembled selection of primarily Italian and English ,
    furniture as well as objects evokes the prevailing décor in many eighteenth century aristocratic residences. Though often disparate in material and form, they share the common language and iconography of the Classical world. As this collection attests, it is a style that continues to provide a wealth of inspiration.

    Property from a Private New York collector will also be offered in the 25 April Important English Furniture Auction and the 15 April sale of Old Master Paintings.

    AFTERNOON SESSION
    AT 2.00 PM
    (LOTS 179-304)

    PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE COLLECTOR
    (LOTS 179-219)