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    Sale 7574

    Thomas Hope & The Neoclassical Vision & The Collector of Collections

    24 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 456

    A PAIR OF ORMOLU-MOUNTED MARQUETRY MAHOGANY AND TULIPWOOD TABLES A ECRIRE

    LATE 19TH CENTURY, AFTER THE MODEL BY JEAN-FRANCOIS OEBEN

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF ORMOLU-MOUNTED MARQUETRY MAHOGANY AND TULIPWOOD TABLES A ECRIRE
    LATE 19TH CENTURY, AFTER THE MODEL BY JEAN-FRANCOIS OEBEN
    Each with a shaped top above a frieze drawer with leather-lined writing-slide, above a further drawer, the chamfered angles headed by goat's-head masks linked by berried foliate swags, the right hand side with a drawer, on cabriole legs with scrolled sabots
    28 in. (71 cm.) high; 23 in. (58.5 cm.) wide; 18¼ in. (46 cm.) deep (2)


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    These tables à écrire are based on the celebrated model by Jean-François Oeben (1721-1763) circa 1763-4 in the Wallace Collection, London (P. Hughes, The Wallace Collection Catalogue of Furniture II, London, 1996, pp. 1065). The latter model, stamped by the ébéniste Jean-François Leleu, is not only a tour de force of ingeniosity - with its dual purpose as a table de toilette and a table-à écrire - but also a vivid example of Oeben's atelier's outstanding craftsmanship, Leleu having been working under Oeben's supervision in the latter's workshop at the date of execution of such piece.

    Closely related examples of this model include a table à écrire by Paul Sormani, sold, Christie's, London, 28 September 2006, lot 79 (£9,000 including premium) and a further table, from the collection of Catherine D. Wentworth, Montecito, Santa Barbara, sold, Christie's, New York, 25 October 2005, lot 320.

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    Provenance

    Anonymous sale, Christie's, London, 6 June 1985, lot 139.