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    Sale 7574

    Thomas Hope & The Neoclassical Vision & The Collector of Collections

    24 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 39

    A NORTH EUROPEAN MAPLE, AMARANTH AND STAINED FRUITWOOD MARQUETRY DRAW-LEAF CENTRE TABLE

    PROBABLY FIRST HALF 19TH CENTURY

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    A NORTH EUROPEAN MAPLE, AMARANTH AND STAINED FRUITWOOD MARQUETRY DRAW-LEAF CENTRE TABLE
    PROBABLY FIRST HALF 19TH CENTURY
    The rectangular top centred by a scrolling foliate medallion within a scrolled border, above a moulded frieze fitted with extending leaves to the short ends, supported by a winged sphinx, above a rectangular base inlaid conformingly
    32 in. (81 cm.) high; 41½ in. (105.5 cm.) wide; 72 in. (185.5 cm.) (fully extended); 23¼ in. (59 cm.) deep


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    The use of stylised palmettes, Egyptian winged sphinx supports, and the stark contrast between the intricately-inlaid filets of amaranth into the clear maple veneer, exemplifies the furniture production of the Charles X era. Such an ingenious and vigorous use of veneers - very much au goût du jour - would however, once more be superseded by the inlay of pale-coloured filets in dark mahogany or rosewood veneers. Two tables featuring closely related winged sphinx supports were sold from the Collection of Alberto Pinto, Sotheby's, New York, 29-30 March 1999, lots 574 and 575.

    Interestingly, similar winged sphinx supports can also be found on North European furniture production of the time, including a Swedish centre table, sold from the Collection of Rudolf Nureyev, Christie's, New York, 12-13 January 1995, lot 300 and a Danish centre table, sold anonymously, Christie's, London, 22 November 2005, lot 144.

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