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    Sale 7466

    Le Goût Steinitz, III

    6 December 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 396

    A SPANISH COLONIAL GILT-METAL-MOUNTED MOTHER-OF-PEARL AND IVORY-INLAID TORTOISESHELL, ROSEWOOD AND AMARANTH CASKET-ON-STAND

    18TH CENTURY, THE STAND PROBABLY 18TH CENTURY AND ADAPTED

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    A SPANISH COLONIAL GILT-METAL-MOUNTED MOTHER-OF-PEARL AND IVORY-INLAID TORTOISESHELL, ROSEWOOD AND AMARANTH CASKET-ON-STAND
    18TH CENTURY, THE STAND PROBABLY 18TH CENTURY AND ADAPTED
    The rectangular hinged top with ripple moulding border decorated with foliate scrolls within geometric interlaced foliate borders, concealing a parquetry decorated interior fitted with a mirror and a storage box with hinged top, the front and sides conformingly inlaid, a frieze drawer inlaid sans traverse, above ripple moulded base and on turned bun feet; the base lined with a stitched and embroidered verdure pattern fabric above a frieze drawer and on ebonised bobbin-turned supports joined by box stretchers and terminating in bun feet, the bun feet later
    The casket: 15½ in. (39.5 cm.) high; 24¾ in. (63 cm.) wide; 13¾ in. (35 cm.) deep
    The stand: 19 in. (48 cm.) high; 30 in. (76 cm.) wide; 18¼ in. (46.5 cm.) deep


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    This type of foliate and floral scroll marquetry is characteristic of Spanish colonial furniture and beautifully illustrated by a 17th Century shell-incrusted cabinet or mueble enconchado, featuring closely related marquetry, which was offered as a wedding gift to the grand-daughter of one of the Viceroys of Peru, sold at Sotheby's, New York, 21 May 1992, lot 79 (ill. H. Hayward, World Furniture, London, 1965, p.106, fig 371). Related examples featuring comparable geometric marquetry include a cabinet-on-stand from the Property of the Late Hugh Cholmondeley, sold at Christie's, London, 26 March 1987, lot 133; and another, sold at Sotheby's, London, 3 July 2007, lot 12 (£38,400), as well as cabinets illustrated in S. Barnett Katz, Hispanic Furniture, Stamford, CT, USA, 1986, p.111, fig. 119, and C. Aguilera, E. Vargas Lugo et al., El Mueble Mexicano, Historia, Evolucion e Influencias, p.79, respectively.

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