• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 7830

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe

    21 January 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 17

    A WILLIAM & MARY WALNUT AND FLORAL MARQUETRY CABINET-ON-STAND

    LATE 17TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A WILLIAM & MARY WALNUT AND FLORAL MARQUETRY CABINET-ON-STAND
    LATE 17TH CENTURY
    The rectangular moulded cornice above a cushion-moulded frieze drawer and a pair of doors each centred by a flower-filled urn and birds, enclosing ten drawers around a central door, the marquetry interior removable to reveal three further small drawers, the sides each centred by a parrot, on a stand with a long drawer above spiral-turned and baluster legs with flat stretchers and turned feet, legs, stretchers and feet replaced
    63 in. (160 cm.) high; 41 in. (104 cm.) wide; 19½ in. (49 cm.) deep


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    The Spring Season is recalled by this cabinet, with its birds attending flower-vases that are presented on acanthus-wrapped stands. Relating to Flemish cabinets, executed in the Louis XIV Roman fashion, its ornament is partly inspired by the Livres de Divers Ornemens de feuillages, issued by A. Ducerceau (d.1710). Amongst the London cabinet-makers working in this fashion were Thomas Pistor (Father and Son), whose 'flowerd table' invoiced in 1684 to James Grahme, likewise featured urn-based Solomonic pillar-supports. The latter formed part of a Bedroom Apartment window-pier set that is now at Levens Hall, Cumberland, and included a mirror and candlestands. It is possible that the present cabinet formed part of the suite of furnishings of the same apartment. See Adriana Turpin,'Thomas Pistor, Father and Son, and Levens Hall', Furniture History, 2000, pp. 43-60.

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    Provenance

    Anonymous sale, Sotheby's, London, 8 July 1988, lot 19. It was subsequently offered anonymously at Sotheby's, London, 18 November 1994, lot 54.


    Saleroom Notice

    Please note the provenance for this lot should read Anonymous sale, Sotheby's, London, 8 July 1988, lot 19. It was subsequently offered anonymously at Sotheby's, London, 18 November 1994, lot 54.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN