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    Sale 7464

    Un hôtel particulier du Faubourg Saint-Germain The Collection of The Marquis and Marquise de Ravenel

    21 - 22 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 101

    A REGENCY BRASS AND EBONY-MOUNTED KINGWOOD AND PARCEL-GILT BONHEUR-DU-JOUR

    CIRCA 1815, IN THE MANNER OF GEORGE OAKLEY

    Price Realised  

    A REGENCY BRASS AND EBONY-MOUNTED KINGWOOD AND PARCEL-GILT BONHEUR-DU-JOUR
    CIRCA 1815, IN THE MANNER OF GEORGE OAKLEY
    The superstructure with a pierced brass gallery, panel and gilt-composition Egyptian figures above two drawers, with a secretaire drawer below, fitted with three drawers and a leather writing surface, on a tapering column with stylised gilt-composition dragons, the downswept legs with brass caps and castors, the locks stamped 'Hobbs & Co., London, Lever', re-gilt
    48½ in. (123 cm.) high; 29 in. (74 cm.) wide; 18 in. (46 cm.) deep


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    Designed in the French-antique fashion popularised by T. Hope's, Household Furniture and Interior Decoration, (1807), the lady's writing-table is of 'Grecian-black-figured' and 'boulle-inlaid' kingwood. Its 'chiffonier' book-shelf, with Grecian ribbon-fretted china-rail, is guarded by Egyptian caryatic vestals, while Minerva's draco/dragons guard its octagon herm-tapered pillar, whose hollow-sided 'altar' plinth displays triumphal palm-flowered tablets and is raised on a Grecian-scrolled 'claw' with bacchic paws.

    A very similar bonheur du jour was offered at Bonhams London, 3 July, 2007, lot 122.

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