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    Sale 7439

    Important English Furniture

    22 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 713

    A PAIR OF ENGLISH SIMULATED-BAMBOO JARDINIERE SIDE CABINETS

    PROBABLY CIRCA 1930

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF ENGLISH SIMULATED-BAMBOO JARDINIERE SIDE CABINETS
    PROBABLY CIRCA 1930
    Each with rectangular baluster gallery and black-painted tôle jardiniere above a celadon green painted recess enclosing a shelf on each side, the end-panels decorated with crossed bars on a pleated ground, the corners with engaged bamboo columns, on tapering feet
    40 in. (101.5 cm.) high; 30½ in. (77.5 cm.) wide; 21½ in. (54.5 cm.) deep (2)


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    The connoisseur Edward James (d. 1985) was encouraged in the 1930s by the Mount Street decorator Dolly Mann to introduce 'bamboo' furnishings together with palm-tree ornament as part of his Surrealist enrichment of Monkton, his 'magical house in the woods' at West Dean, Sussex (C. Aslet, 'Monkton House, West Sussex', Country Life, 12 September 1985, pp. 700-704).
    An exhibition entitled 'The Interior Landscape of Surrealism: A glimpse into the Homes of Edward James, Roland Penrose and Lee Miller' was held at West Dean College in the Sussex Barn Gallery from 10 February-18 March 2007.

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