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    Sale 5444

    Town & Country Perspectives - The Charles Plante Collection

    4 June 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 214

    A PAIR OF RUSSIAN BRASS-MOUNTED EBONY AND MAHOGANY BEDSIDE CABINETS

    EARLY 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF RUSSIAN BRASS-MOUNTED EBONY AND MAHOGANY BEDSIDE CABINETS
    Early 19th century
    Each with a three-quarter gallery above a white marble top and frieze drawer, the tambour compartment with lozenge and line inlaid borders flanked by brass panels, on square tapering legs with brass caps and castors, restorations
    32 in. (81 cm.) high; 18 in. (46 cm.) wide; 12 in. (31 cm. ) deep (2)


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    With reference to the French ébéniste Georges Jacob, who popularised the extensive use of mahogany, this type of elegant brass-mounted mahogany furniture was often described as 'Jacob Style' (stil' zhakob) and enjoyed wide success in Russia. The design for this pair of bedside cabinets, however, is influenced by another celebrated cabinet-maker, the German David Roentgen, who as a ebéniste mecanicien of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette, dazzled not only the courts of Western Europe but also Catherine the Great as well as most Russian ébénistes of the late 18th and early 19th century, including Heinrich Gambs and Christian Meyer.

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