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    Sale 7611

    Furniture, Sculpture and Carpets

    11 September 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 68

    A SWEDISH ORMOLU-MOUNTED WALNUT, BURR WALNUT, FRUITWOOD AND PARQUETRY BUREAU-BOOKCASE

    THIRD QUARTER 18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A SWEDISH ORMOLU-MOUNTED WALNUT, BURR WALNUT, FRUITWOOD AND PARQUETRY BUREAU-BOOKCASE
    THIRD QUARTER 18TH CENTURY
    The swan-neck pediment above a hinged mirrored door enclosing two shelves and two short drawers, above a hinged writing slope enclosing six graduated drawers, pigeon holes and a central cupboard revealing three further drawers, above two bombé shaped drawers with foliate-cast handles, and a shaped apron centred by rockwork, the simulated panelled sides conformingly decorated with cube parquetry, on splayed bracket feet
    83¾ in. (213 cm.) high; 38 in. (96.5 cm.) wide; 21½ in. (54.5 cm.) deep


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    Whilst the Dutch/English idea of the bureau cabinet was readily adapted by Danish and German cabinet-makers and, by the mid-18th century, many impressive examples featured prominently in aristocratic collections there, few such pieces were recorded in Sweden.
    The pierced angle mounts and in particular the naturalistically cast scrolled drawer handles with their ends beautifully extending into foliate trails are typical for mid-18th century Swedish production and can be found on commodes by Christopher Tietze, Jonas Wahlbeck, Niclas Korp or Johan Noræus; some of which also feature the distinctive cube-pattern parquetry.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A EUROPEAN GENTLEMAN