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    Sale 7574

    Thomas Hope & The Neoclassical Vision & The Collector of Collections

    24 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 417

    A REGENCY ORMOLU-MOUNTED ROSEWOOD WRITING-TABLE

    EARLY 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A REGENCY ORMOLU-MOUNTED ROSEWOOD WRITING-TABLE
    EARLY 19TH CENTURY
    The rectangular top with gilt-tooled brown leather writing-surface, the frieze with a central panel of a griffin flanked by two cedar-lined frieze drawers and two female Egyptian masks, on twin lyre-shaped end-supports joined by two turned ebonised stretchers and a rectangular stretcher below, on scrolled legs with brass castors, the rectangular stretcher probably originally upholstered, now veneered
    30¼ in. (77 cm.) high; 52½ in. (133 cm.) wide; 30 in. (76 cm.) deep


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    The writing-table with its tablet featuring a Roman griffin, which derive from an antique fragment published in Tatham's Etchings... of 1799 is conceived in the Antique or Roman style of the early 19th century. The table features inverted lyre-shaped end-supports which recall Apollo, the leader of the Muses of Mount Parnassus and patron of all the arts. The lyre is also studded with paterae, in the manner of furnishings published by Thomas Hope in the guide to his Duchess Street mansion museum, Household Furniture and Interior Decoration, 1807, in particular the mantelpiece of the Egyptian Room, plate 46; a side table with patera-studded frieze in plate 40, no. 4; a settee, plate 19, no. 2; the settee from the Egyptian Room, plate 17, no. 4; and the settee from the Lararium, plate 18, no. 5.

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    Provenance

    Anonymous sale, Christie's, London, 15 January 1970, lot 80 (not purchased by the present owner at this sale).