• English Furniture and Clocks auction at Christies

    Sale 7769

    English Furniture and Clocks

    19 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 20

    A WILLIAM & MARY BLACK AND GILT-JAPANNED CABINET-ON-GILT-VARNISHED SILVERED STAND

    LATE 17TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A WILLIAM & MARY BLACK AND GILT-JAPANNED CABINET-ON-GILT-VARNISHED SILVERED STAND
    LATE 17TH CENTURY
    The rectangular pierced scrolled foliate cornice with a later armorial with motto 'VIRTUTIS PROEMIUM HONOR', the cabinet with two doors depicting Chinese figures in landscapes, enclosing an interior of eleven variously-sized drawers with simulated nashiji decorated ineriors, on a rectangular stand with gadrooned edge and pierced foliage, on square tapering legs joined by a pierced x-frame stretcher centred by a sunflower, losses to feet, the cresting regilt once and the stand regilt five times
    90¾ in. (230.5 cm.) high; 45½ in. (115.5 cm.) wide; 21½ in. (54.5 cm.) deep


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    The 'Feilden' cabinet, japanned in the late 17th century manner with trompe l'oeil black lacquer, golden Chinese landscapes and brass enrichments, would have been dressed with floral Chinese porcelain to form a focal point; and its frame designed en suite with the window-pier table of a reception-dressing room.

    Its triumphal-arched cresting and frame are designed in the Louis Quatorze 'Roman' fashion promoted by the engraved Oeuvres of William III's Paris-trained 'archirect' Daniel Marot (d.1752). Triumphal laurels festoon the Feilden family escutcheon and motto-bearing ribbon, which issue from richly fretted ribbons that are enwreathed by Roman foliage and provide a china-rail that is bounded by Egyptian obelisk pillars emblematic of 'Eternity'. Its arched table-frame, enwreathed by Arcadian Pan reed gadroons and festooned with laurels, is supported by Ionic pilasters, whose plinth-supported 'vase' pillars are tied by wave-voluted stetchers providing a stand for a porcelain vase. A related pair of tables, with related tops of Chinese lacquered 'boards', were supplied in 1704 for Queen Anne's apartment at St. James's Palace by the court cabinet-maker Gerrit Jensen (d.1715) of St. Martin's Lane. A closely related cabinet and stand of the period is now at Saltram, Devon (see A. Bowett, English Furniture: 1660-1714, Woodbridge 2002, pp. 149, pl. 5:7; and p. 164, pl. 5:33).

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    Provenance

    The Feilden family, Witton Park, Blackburn, Lancashire.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN