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    Sale 2808

    European Furniture, Clocks, Sculpture and Works of Art

    15 - 16 December 2008, Amsterdam

  • Lot 241

    A NORTH GERMAN WALNUT AND FIGURED WALNUT CUPBOARD 'HALLENSCHRANK'

    PROBABLY DANZIG, LATE 17TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A NORTH GERMAN WALNUT AND FIGURED WALNUT CUPBOARD 'HALLENSCHRANK'
    PROBABLY DANZIG, LATE 17TH CENTURY
    The moulded arched cornice centred by a cresting with a pair of angels holding a basket of flowers above an eagle emblematic of charity, above a pair of doors with recessed and raised panelling, the spandrels applied with figures emblematic for the four seasons
    258 cm. high x 285 cm. wide x 109 cm. deep


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    This monumental cupboard with its complex shaped raised and recessed panels, and profuse carved decoration is typical of the cabinet work in Danzig and Hamburg in the late 17th century. The cupboards of these Hanseatic towns are so similar that the only real differentiation lies in the shape of the cornice: straight for the Hamburger Schapp, and trapezoidal for the Danziger Schapp.
    There are several comparable cupboards and design drawings in H. Kreisel Die Kunst des deutschen Möbels München, 1968, p. 230-231. Comparable pieces are also illustrated in U. Doebler, Barock Möbel, 1992, p. 92-93.

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