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    Sale 7608

    Important European Furniture and Sculpture

    10 July 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 66

    A SWEDISH ORMOLU-MOUNTED AMARANTH, TULIPWOOD, SYCAMORE, MARQUETRY AND PARQUETRY WORK-TABLE

    BY GEORG HAUPT, CIRCA 1780

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    A SWEDISH ORMOLU-MOUNTED AMARANTH, TULIPWOOD, SYCAMORE, MARQUETRY AND PARQUETRY WORK-TABLE
    BY GEORG HAUPT, CIRCA 1780
    The rectangular crossbanded top centred by a ribbon-tied profile medallion of a lady, within a laurel surround and flanked by trellis-filled reserves and rosettes, with a strapwork border, the frieze mounted with interlaced ribbons and floral rosettes and fitted with a drawer to one end, on square tapering legs headed by laurel sprays, with brass caps and castors
    29¼ in. (74.5 cm.) high; 26¾ in. (68 cm.) wide; 15 in. (38 cm.) deep


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    Haupt is widely accepted as the most accomplished cabinet-maker Sweden has ever produced, comparable in stature to such craftsmen as Jean-Henri Riesener in France, David Roentgen in Germany and Thomas Chippendale in England. On completing his apprenticeship, Haupt left Sweden and the rigorous guild system which prevented him from developing his skills freely. With Christopher Fürloh, Christian Linning and the painter Elias Martin, he travelled to Amsterdam, Paris and London. In Paris he probably met the well-established fellow Swede Alexandre Roslin, who specialised in portraying the French aristocracy and is known to have taken an active interest in helping his compatriots upon their arrival in Paris. It was however probably through an introduction by Carl Petter Dahlstrom, who worked with Jean-François Oeben until 1755, that Georg Haupt joined the atelier of Simon Oeben, the brother of the celebrated ébéniste du roi. Under Simon Oeben's supervision Haupt executed a bureau plat for Etienne-François de Stainville, duc de Choiseul at Chanteloup, in the newly emerging and burgeoning neo-classical style. The balanced outline and clear and harmonious appearance of this piece, demonstrate how well Haupt was able to absorb and interpret the new style, which he was to introduce to Sweden upon his return.

    Conversely, the marquetry skills for which Haupt was to become acclaimed, first appeared during his stay in England. Between 1768 and 1769, Haupt worked with John Linnell on his most prestigious commission, the furnishing of the library at Osterley Park for Robert Child. Haupt's characteristic marquetry repertoire appears to have developed during such time, shortly before the cabinet-maker was recommended to King Adolf Fredrick (1751-1771). Haupt's trademark marquetry typically feature designs such as the profile medallion featured on this table as well as on a related secrétaire à abattant sold from the Österby Bruk Collection, Christie's, London, 8 December 1994, lot 576 (£375,500). Such compositions most probably derive from designs by Delafosse published in his 1768 Recueil de Meubles.

    Another striking feature of this table is the fine chasing of the mounts and the richness of the marquetry, arguably among the most elaborate of Haupt's oeuvre and further supporting the hypothesis, that this piece may have been executed for one of Haupt's most important patrons.

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    Provenance

    Almost certainly Baron Carl Adam Stromfeld (1816-1874) and his wife Ulrika Sprengporten (1833-1874) and by descent to their daughter
    Baroness Ulrika Stromfeld (1854-1916) who married in 1874 Gustaf Celsing (1843-1921), sold Bukowkis, Stockholm, 22-23 September 1921, lot 168, acquired by
    Consul General Karl Bergsten (1869-1953)
    Thence by descent


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN
    (LOTS 66-67)


    Literature

    T. Sylvén, Mästarnas Möbler, Stockholm, 1996, pp. 166-167.