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    Sale 7746

    PARISIAN TASTE IN LONDON: A PRIVATE COLLECTION AND FURNITURE

    10 September 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 322

    A PAIR OF CHINESE GILT-METAL MOUNTED AND POLYCHROME SOAPSTONE-INLAID BLACK LACQUER CABINETS-ON-STAND

    THE CABINETS SECOND HALF 18TH CENTURY, THE STANDS PROBABLY 19TH CENTURY

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    A PAIR OF CHINESE GILT-METAL MOUNTED AND POLYCHROME SOAPSTONE-INLAID BLACK LACQUER CABINETS-ON-STAND
    THE CABINETS SECOND HALF 18TH CENTURY, THE STANDS PROBABLY 19TH CENTURY
    Each of rectangular shape with the tops, sides and doors of each cabinet decorated with exotic birds amidst rockwork and floral sprays with trees and clouds, the reverse of the doors decorated with dragons within wooden landscapes, enclosing a fitted interior with nine variously-sized drawers decorated with gilt floral and foliate sprays against a black ground, the sides with carrying handles, above ebonised and gilt-decorated stands with plain frieze, shaped brackets and square-sectioned legs, losses to the soapstone inlay and lacquer
    The cabinets, each: 24 in. (61 cm.) high; 27½ in. (70 cm.) wide; 17 in. (43.5 cm.) deep; the stands, each: 28¼ in. (71.5 cm.) high (2)


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    Julius Drewe, builder of Castle Drogo, Exeter, and founder of Home and Colonial Stores, had made a fortune first by importing tea and then by founding the Home and Colonial Stores. By 1889, at the age of only 33, Drewe was able to retire and fulfill his dream of moving to the country, acquiring first Culverden near Tunbridge Wells and in 1898 Wadhurst in Sussex, which he bought lock, stock and barrel from the merchant brothers Adrian and Cristobal de Murrieta.

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    Provenance

    Probably acquired by Julius Drewe (1856-1931) while traveling in Asia in the late 19th century purchasing tea for his company.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A DESCENDANT OF THE DREWE FAMILY