• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 7841

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe

    29 April 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 45

    A PAIR OF NAPOLEON III ORMOLU-MOUNTED CUT-BRASS-INLAID TORTOISESHELL AND EBONISED 'BOULLE' MEUBLES D'APPUI

    THIRD QUARTER 19TH CENTURY

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    A PAIR OF NAPOLEON III ORMOLU-MOUNTED CUT-BRASS-INLAID TORTOISESHELL AND EBONISED 'BOULLE' MEUBLES D'APPUI
    THIRD QUARTER 19TH CENTURY
    Each of serpentine outshape and decorated overall with scrolled arabesques, one in première partie and the other in contre partie, each with a moulded white marble top above a frieze drawer and cupboard door enclosing two shelves, the angles headed by caryatids, on a shaped apron and block feet, each with 'Schloss Inventar Karlsruhe', Baden and crest paper-labels to the back, one with pencil inscription beneath the marble 'Das Schloss umgeräumt/im Mai 1931/Berthold/Markgraf von Baden'
    43¾ in. (111 cm.) high; 42 in. (106.5 cm.) wide; 18 in. (46 cm.) deep (2)


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    This suite of 'Boulle' furniture (lots 45-48) adorned the apartments of the Grand Duke Frederick I of Baden (1826-1907) and his consort Princess Louise of Prussia (1838-1923) at the Karlsruhe Palace, Germany. It is likely to have been commissioned as part of refurbishments occasioned by Frederick's accession to the the dukedom and his marriage to Princess Louise in 1856. The meubles d'appui (lot 45) are shown in a photograph of the so-called 'Family Room' at the Karlsruhe Palace circa 1900. The suite was possibly removed from Karlsruhe when Princess Louise retired to Baden-Baden after 1918 and was subsequently sold at auction at Neues Schloss in 1995.

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    Provenance

    The Margraves and Grand Dukes of Baden, Schloss Karlsruhe, by descent. Sotheby's, 'Die Sammlung der Markgrafen und Grossherzge von Baden', Baden-Baden, 5-21 October 1995, lot 1119 (DM84,000).


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A EUROPEAN COLLECTOR (LOTS 35-52)

    A SUITE OF 'BOULLE' FURNITURE FROM BADEN-BADEN