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    Sale 12041

    Noble & Private Collections Part II

    27 April 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 245

    A PORTUGUESE GILTWOOD MIRROR AND CONSOLE TABLE

    MID-18TH CENTURY

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    A PORTUGUESE GILTWOOD MIRROR AND CONSOLE TABLE
    MID-18TH CENTURY
    The shaped rectangular plate within a foliate-carved frame and headed by scrolling foliate ornament, the console with pink breccia marble top above a pierced frieze, on cabriole legs joined by an X-shaped stretcher, inscribed in black ink 'joal*?' and with paper label 'CHRISTIAN JOSE VICENTE R. DE S. BENTO 19, LISBOA, PORTUGAL' to the underside of the marble
    The mirror 68 in. (173 cm.) high; 33 ½ in. (85 cm.) wide
    The console 34 in. (86 cm.) high; 35 ½ in. (90 cm.) wide; 18 in. (46 cm.) deep


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    This mirror and console table reflect the richness of the artistic production for the court and aristocracy following the economic prosperity in Portugal during the reign of King John V (1706-1750). Resulting mainly from the successful trade of goods, such as gold and diamonds brought from Brazil, this wealth certainly influenced the lavish style of furniture produced around the mid-18th century. Stylistically, they are not dissimilar from carved and giltwood examples produced in Italy during the same period. This rocaille style continued to be favoured and reached its apogee under the reign of King Joseph I (1750-1777).
    Various related consoles and mirrors are conserved at the Fondation Ricardo Do Espirito Santo Silva in Lisbon and are illustrated in A. De Brethencourt & F. Jardim de Oliveira, Ricardo do Espirito Santo Silva Foundation, Lisbon, 1995, p. 70 and F. Castro Freire, Mobiliario, Lisbon, 2002, vol. 2, pp. 245-247 (inv. 284 and 800).

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    Provenance

    With Christian Jose Vicente, Lisbon, Portugal.


    Pre-Lot Text

    A VILLA IN TUSCANY
    PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN
    (LOTS 152-175, 201-271 & 290)