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    Sale 2818

    European Noble and Private Collections

    31 March - 1 April 2009, Amsterdam

  • Lot 203

    A SOUTH GERMAN POLYCHROME DECORATED, FRUITWOOD AND STAINED WOOD MARQUETRY TABLE CABINET

    AUGSBURG, LATE 16TH/EARLY 17TH CENTURY, THE DECORATION OF THE EXTERIOR PROBABLY EARLY 18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A SOUTH GERMAN POLYCHROME DECORATED, FRUITWOOD AND STAINED WOOD MARQUETRY TABLE CABINET
    AUGSBURG, LATE 16TH/EARLY 17TH CENTURY, THE DECORATION OF THE EXTERIOR PROBABLY EARLY 18TH CENTURY
    The case decorated with Berainesque strapwork, the fall front centred by a floral etched iron lockplate, enclosing an interior fitted with an arrangement of eight various sized drawers inlaid with town scenes, the carrying handle on the top lacking
    12.5 cm. high x 15.5 cm. wide x 10.5 cm. deep


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    Augsburg and Nuremberg were two important centres of production of these small portable table cabinets, which are part of an extensive group of similarly decorated furniture from Swabia, Bavaria and Tyrol, all inlaid with caracteristic marquetry of stylized ruins, scrollwork, and architectural scenes.
    This distinctive Ruinenarchitektur marquetry is believed to be based on etchings executed by Leonard Thiry and Ducerceau in 1550 as well as on a design book of drawings published in 1567 by Augsburg cabinetmaker Lorenz Stöer. (H. Kreisel, Die Kunst des deutschen Möbels, Vol. 1, München, pp. 85-89.)
    Several cabinets with similar marquetry are illustrated in H. Kreisel, op. cit., figs. 214, 221.

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