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    Sale 7574

    Thomas Hope & The Neoclassical Vision & The Collector of Collections

    24 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 44

    A SUITE OF EMPIRE GILTWOOD SEAT-FURNITURE

    EARLY 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A SUITE OF EMPIRE GILTWOOD SEAT-FURNITURE
    EARLY 19TH CENTURY
    Comprising six fauteuils and two canapés, each with a tablet top-rail carved with a central patera flanked by stylized anthemia, above a rectangular padded back and shaped padded seat, the part-reeded arms with swan supports, on monopodia front legs with paw feet, one canapé and three fauteuils upholstered with yellow silk, the other canapé and three fauteuils with green and cream striped silk, one canapé lacking one back leg, regilt, probably in Italy, one fauteuil with minor differences in construction and possibly Italian
    The canapés 66 in. (168 cm.) wide


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    One of a pair of related armchairs from the Palazzo Reale in Modena with similar scrolled swan-form arm supports, so typical of François-Honoré-Georges, dit Jacob-Desmalter's oeuvre, is in the collection of the Quirinale, Rome and illustrated in A. Gonzalez-Palacios, Il Patrimonio Artistico del Quirinale: I Mobili Italiani, Milan, 1996, p. 320, pl. 133; while another related armchair with swan neck supports and straight arms is illustrated in A. Mondadori & M. Dechamps, Stile Imperio, Milan, 1994, p.96.

    Two related pairs of Empire giltwood fauteuils by Jacob-Desmalter, supplied between 1804-6 to Prince Louis Bonaparte and his wife, Hortense de Beauharnais for their Hôtel de la Cerrutti, Paris, were sold Christie's, London, 12 December 1996, lots 179 and 180.

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    Provenance

    Anonymous sale, Christie's New York, 31 March 2000, lots 285-289.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A LADY