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    Sale 7524

    Turin London Corfu The Collection of Giorgio Marsan and Umberta Nasi

    12 - 13 December 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 240

    A SET OF TWELVE AUSTRIAN GILTMETAL-MOUNTED ASH AND BURR ASH 'ZODIAC' DINING CHAIRS

    CIRCA 1830

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    A SET OF TWELVE AUSTRIAN GILTMETAL-MOUNTED ASH AND BURR ASH 'ZODIAC' DINING CHAIRS
    CIRCA 1830
    Each with splat back carved with a ribbon-tied laurel wreath mounted with a radiating mask, the toprail mounted with Zodiac signs between stars and within a lozenge frame, upholstered à châssis in light brown leather, on turned tapering front legs headed by downswept foliate and stylised palmette carving, and terminating in foliate and turned ball feet, with splayed back legs, the seat rails numbered '1' to '12' respectively
    36 in. (91.5 cm.) high; 19 in. (48 cm.) wide; 18 in. (46 cm.) deep (12)


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    The parlour chairs, designed in early 19th century Antique-Grecian fashion, display bas-reliefs in evocation of lyric poetry and the sun-deity Apollo's Mt. Parnassus triumph in leading the Muses of artistic inspiration. His sacred sunflowers decorate the palm-flowered columnar legs, while the 'tablet' backs, bearing the zodiac emblems in lozenged compartments are centred by his sun-rayed and laurel-wreathed medallions. The general form relates to a pattern of 1804 published in Sammlung von Zeichnungen der neuesten Londner und Pariser Meubles als Muster f/uur Tischler, Leipzig, 1804.

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