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    Sale 7445

    Important European Furniture, Sculpture and Tapestries

    6 December 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 208

    A PAIR OF LATE LOUIS XVI ORMOLU AND BRASS-MOUNTED MAHOGANY DEMI-LUNE COMMODES

    PROBABLY RUSSIAN, IN THE MANNER OF HEINRICH GAMBS, LATE 18TH/EARLY 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF LATE LOUIS XVI ORMOLU AND BRASS-MOUNTED MAHOGANY DEMI-LUNE COMMODES
    PROBABLY RUSSIAN, IN THE MANNER OF HEINRICH GAMBS, LATE 18TH/EARLY 19TH CENTURY
    Each with a grey-veined white marble top, above a frieze mounted with interspersed palmettes and floral sprays, centred by a lion's mask and fitted with a drawer, above two drawers decorated with an octagonal beaded panel, the angles set with foliate sprays, the shaped sides with conformingly-decorated doors and enclosing a shelf each, on square tapering legs terminating in block feet, remounted, the marble tops probably later
    Each: 34¼ in. (87 cm.) high; 36¾ in. (93.5 cm.) wide; 16¾ in. (43 cm.) deep (2)


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    With its distinctive brass inlay and characteristic ormolu mounts, this elegant pair of commodes is closely related to the oeuvre of Heinrich Gambs (1765-1831), cabinet-maker to the Russian court, following designs by the court architect and designer Andrei Voronikhin (1759-1814), notably to their pieces supplied to Pavlovsk around 1803-04 (A. Chenevière, Russian Furniture, London, 1989, pp. 155-177).
    A related pair of demi-lune commodes was sold from the collection of Edmond and Lily Safra, Sotheby's, New York, 3-4 November 2005, lot 587.

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    Provenance

    Jansen collection
    Bossée de Lannoy collection
    Christie's, Paris, 23 June 2005, lot 396 (EUR 81,000).