• Spanish Splendour  - The Colle auction at Christies

    Sale 7818

    Spanish Splendour - The Collection of a Marqués

    5 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 40

    A PAIR OF SPANISH CARLOS IV PALLISANDER, TULIPWOOD AND MARQUETRY COMMODES

    CIRCA 1800

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    A PAIR OF SPANISH CARLOS IV PALLISANDER, TULIPWOOD AND MARQUETRY COMMODES
    CIRCA 1800
    Each chequerbanded and inlaid overall with geometric borders, the top with a central lozenge depicting a village scene with the Spanish flag and foliate scrolls, above a pair of frieze drawers and two long drawers inlaid conformingly, mounted wtih silvered-brass handles and escutcheons, on shaped bracket feet, the toupie feet probably added slightly later in the 19th Century, with painted numerals to the reverse '812', probably raised in height
    39 in. (100 cm.) high; 48½ in. (123 cm.) wide; 23½ in. (60.5 cm.) deep (2)


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    Embellished with extremely delicate neoclassical marquetry which is indebted to both French and English prototypes, these superb commodes typify the Spanish neoclassical 'court' style of the 1790s and early 1800s. Characterised by its refined, dense and small scale marquetry and sophisticated slender forms, furniture in this Spanish variant of the late Louis XVI style could rival the most splendid pieces executed in Paris. During his reign Carlos IV's palaces were being furnished with precious French furniture and works of art imported from Paris, including ébénisterie and menuiserie by Adam Weisweiler and Georges Jacob, and these were combined with outstanding pieces made by local cabinet-makers such as José Lopez and Pablo Palencia. The marquetry of the present commodes relates to that of the furniture and wall-panelling at the Palacio de los Borbones at the Escorial, which was executed in 1794 by José Lopez and Domingo de Urquiza (I. Suarez (ed.), Carlos IV, Mecenas y Coleccionista, Madrid, 2009, no. 324).

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