• Christie's Interiors - Masters auction at Christies

    Sale 5686

    Christie's Interiors - Masters & Makers

    9 March 2010, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 353

    A SOUTH GERMAN FIGURED ASH, FRUITWOOD AND OAK CHEST

    LATE 16TH EARLY 17TH CENTURY

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    A SOUTH GERMAN FIGURED ASH, FRUITWOOD AND OAK CHEST
    LATE 16TH EARLY 17TH CENTURY
    The hinged panelled lid above an architectural facade, with applied leafy fronds, some issuing from a green-mask and flanked by paired tapering pilasters, each pair enclosing a shell-headed arch, the sides similarly panelled and with iron loop handles, enclosing an interior with elaborate engraved steel and polychrome decorated lock, dated 1594 and bearing initials 'B.W.W' and engraved steel hinges, with a row of five small drawers and a lidded compartment, the base section fitted with three similarly panelled drawers, the reverse with 'Munchen' transit labels
    41¼ in. (105 cm.) high; 70 in. (178 cm.) wide; 30 in. (76 cm.) deep


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    The silk-like ash used in the architectural facade and the interior of this impressive chest is typical of south German cabinet-making of the late 16th and early 17th century and, in combination with the distinct auricular carved scrolls, can also be found on a Schrank of circa 1600 in the Veste, Coburg, and another example from Nürnberg in the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, Munich (see H. Kreisel, et al., Die Kunst des deutschen Möbels, vol. I, Munich, 1968, cat. 250 and 385).

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