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    Sale 7745

    Important European Furniture, Sculpture & Clocks

    9 July 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 103

    A REGENCE ORMOLU-MOUNTED, TORTOISESHELL, MOTHER-OF-PEARL AND STAINED HORN-INLAID, BOULLE MARQUETRY TABLE MIRROR

    CIRCA 1720-30

    Price Realised  

    A REGENCE ORMOLU-MOUNTED, TORTOISESHELL, MOTHER-OF-PEARL AND STAINED HORN-INLAID, BOULLE MARQUETRY TABLE MIRROR
    CIRCA 1720-30
    The shaped plate within a foliate-cast frame and moulded surround inlaid with floral sprays and flowerheads, surmounted by an Apollo mask flanked by foliate scrolls, the apron centred by a stylised cartouche with a profile, partially remounted, including the espagnolette mask, some mounts missing
    29¼ x 22¼ in. (74.5 x 56.5 cm.)


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    Embellished with Louis XIV style marquetry popularised by Jean Bérain (1640-1711), who succeeded as dessinateur de la Chambre et du Cabinet du Roi in 1674, this mirror relates to an engraved design for a toilet-mirror after André-Charles Boulle (1642-1732). (A.-C. Boulle, Nouveaux Dessins de Meubles et Ouvrages de Bronze et de Marqueterie, n.d., pl. 5). A similar mirror, attributed to Boulle and inlaid in première partie, supplied by the marchand-mercier Alexis Delarue to the duchesse de Berry at Versailles in 1713, is in the Wallace Collection (P. Hughes, The Wallace Collection: Catalogue of Furniture, London, 1996, vol. II, cat. no. 151 (F50)).

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