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    Sale 2090

    European Furniture, Sculpture, Works Of Art, Tapestries And Carpets

    22 April 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 261

    A RUSSIAN BONE AND IVORY MINIATURE BUREAU CABINET**

    KHOLMOGORY, LATE 18TH/FIRST HALF 19TH CENTURY

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    A RUSSIAN BONE AND IVORY MINIATURE BUREAU CABINET**
    KHOLMOGORY, LATE 18TH/FIRST HALF 19TH CENTURY
    Th arched upper case with two cabinet doors revealing shelves above a slant front and a deep drawer on bracket feet, the whole with applied etched and stamped ivory panels decorated with floral sprays and leafy sprays surrounding central pierced ivory against foil-backed panels with a roundel of birds within delicate tracery, the interior later lined in green velvet, a few replacements to ivory
    14½ in. (37 cm.) high, 9¼ in. (23.5 cm.) wide, 4¾ in. (12 cm.) deep


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    In the course of many centuries, the technical mastery of the ivory-carvers of the Kholmogory (Archangelsk) region without doubt gained and deserved wide renown. The most celebrated examples of the art of carving on ivory were created in the northern part of Russia in the 18th century and the beginning of the 19th century, when the unexcelled traditions of the local school were definitely formed and firmly established.

    A similar bureau is in the Hillwood Museum, (Katrina V.H. Taylor, Russian Art at Hillwood, Washington, D.C., 1988, frontispiece illustration). For additional bureaus see I.N. Ukhanova, Rezba po Kosti v Rossii XVIII-XIX Vekov, Leningrad, 1981, illustrated.

    Special Notice

    Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory and tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.