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    Sale 7614

    19th Century Furniture, Sculpture, Works of Art and Ceramics

    24 September 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 27

    A VENETIAN POLYCHROME DECORATED CRAB-FORM CHAIR

    ATTRIBUTED TO PAULY ET CIE., LATE 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A VENETIAN POLYCHROME DECORATED CRAB-FORM CHAIR
    ATTRIBUTED TO PAULY ET CIE., LATE 19TH CENTURY
    With hinged top opening to form a padded seat on rockwork upright and base
    19 in. (48 cm.) high, closed
    41 in. (104 cm.) high, open


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    This fantastical chair is an example of Grotto furniture, so called after the fashion amongst the European nobility for building whimsical shell-encrusted grottos during the 18th and 19th centuries. Almost certainly of Venetian origin, there were by the mid 19th century a number of workshops specialising in the production of carved and gilt-gesso shell furniture in Venice, of which Pauly et Cie. was the leading firm by the 1880s.

    A comparable seat, modelled as a turtle, as opposed to crab as the present lot, sold Christie's, London, 13 May 2008, lot 520 (£22,100). A further example of which is illustrated in D. Linley, Extraordinary Furniture, London, 1996, p. 166.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN