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    Sale 7561

    Simon Sainsbury The Creation of an English Arcadia

    18 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 294

    A QUEEN ANNE RED AND GILT-JAPANNED CHEST

    PROBABLY CIRCA 1710, THE DECORATION RESTORED IN THE 20TH CENTURY

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    A QUEEN ANNE RED AND GILT-JAPANNED CHEST
    PROBABLY CIRCA 1710, THE DECORATION RESTORED IN THE 20TH CENTURY
    With two short and three long drawers decorated in gilt with chinoiserie figures and landscapes on a tortoiseshell ground and with later bracket feet, the right back board inscribed inside the chest 'repaired 8/3/98 C.ELGE...,' and with refreshments to the decoration above the handles
    37½ in. (95 cm.) high; 40 in. (102 cm.) wide; 22 in. (50 cm.) deep


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    A paint analysis has been undertaken on this chest; it revealed that 'The original background of the raised decoration was black and red and was probably 'tortoiseshell', but this has been covered over with the present 20th Century restoration. A lot of the gilding on the flat background seems to be from the later restoration, though the gilding on the raised decoration is largely original. The pigments used for the original decoration were carbon black and vermilion. Lead white and iron oxides were mixed to create the putty for the raised decoration. Gold was used, but less extensively than now. These materials could be either 18th-Century or 19th'.

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