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    Sale 2818

    European Noble and Private Collections

    31 March - 1 April 2009, Amsterdam

  • Lot 306

    A NORTH GERMAN WALNUT AND FIGURED WALNUT CUPBOARD 'HALLENSCHRANK'

    PROBABLY LÜBECK, EARLY 18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A NORTH GERMAN WALNUT AND FIGURED WALNUT CUPBOARD 'HALLENSCHRANK'
    PROBABLY LÜBECK, EARLY 18TH CENTURY
    The moulded arched cornice centred by a carved cresting with Mercury leading a horse-drawn carriage in a cloudswirl, above a pair of doors with recessed and raised panelling, flanked and divided by solomonic pilasters applied with allegorical figures, above a base drawer, on bun feet
    276 cm. high x 270 cm. wide x 100 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 of Hamburg, Lübeck and Danzig in the late 17th century. The cupboards of these Hanseatic towns are so similar that only the differentation lies in the shape of the cornice: straight for the Hamburger Schapp, trapezoidal for the Dantziger Schapp and shaped arched for the Lübecker Schapp.
    There are several comparable cupboards and designs drawings in H. Kreisel, Die Kunst des deutschen Möbels, Vol. I, München, 1968, pp. 230-231.
    A comparable piece with a similar carved cornice, doors and solomonic pilasters is illustrated in H. Kreisel, Die Kunst des deutschen Möbels, Vol. II, München, 1968, pl. 152.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    The Property of a German Noble Lady
    (lots 306-308)