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    Sale 7560

    Furniture and Carpets Including Two Private Collections

    24 January 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 187

    A PAIR OF CRIMSON SILK-VELVET COVERED OCCASIONAL TABLES

    THE FABRIC MID-20TH CENTURY, THE TABLES LATER

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF CRIMSON SILK-VELVET COVERED OCCASIONAL TABLES
    THE FABRIC MID-20TH CENTURY, THE TABLES LATER
    Each with rectangular top, on faceted square legs joined by an undertier, with red braided edge
    26¼ in. (67 cm.) high; 23¾ in. (61 cm.) wide; 17¾ in. (45 cm.) deep (2)


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    Alexis von Roseburg, Baron du Redé (1922-2004) was a man of impeccable taste. In 1947 he moved into the 17th century Hôtel Lambert in Paris, which he restored and then used to host glittering extravaganzas. He was described as 'the Eugén de Rastignac of modern Paris' by Sir Henry 'Chips' Channon and as the greatest host in Europe - his parties were famous. A painting by Alexandre Serebriakoff depicting the Salle des Muses at Hôtel Lambert exemplifies the opulence of the Baron de Redé's taste in interior desgin (illustrated in H. Vickers, Alexis: The Memoirs of the Baron de Redé, Wimborne, 2005, p. 57). The Baron's collection of furniture, objets d'art and lavish furnishings was sold at Sotheby's, Paris, 17 March 2005. A pair of similar tables was sold anonymously, Christie's, London, 26 January 2007, lot 1176 (£3,840).

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    Provenance

    The silk-velvet purchased from the The Collection of the Baron de Redé, Sotheby's, Paris, 17 March 2005, lot 908.