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    Sale 7592

    Four British Collections Including Important Furniture

    5 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 87

    AN EMPIRE ORMOLU-MOUNTED ROSEWOOD OPEN BOOK-STAND

    ATTRIBUTED TO JEAN-GEORGES HORNIG, EARLY 19TH CENTURY

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    AN EMPIRE ORMOLU-MOUNTED ROSEWOOD OPEN BOOK-STAND
    ATTRIBUTED TO JEAN-GEORGES HORNIG, EARLY 19TH CENTURY
    The rectangular green leather-lined hinged ratcheted top with gadrooned edge above a frieze with foliate mounts and carrying-handles at each end, above three tiers and a plinth with moulded book-stop lip in the centre of each tier, the uprights with pilaster facings surmounted by foliate capitals, on a moulded plint with sunk brass castors, the carrying-handles probably added
    31½ in. (80 cm.) high; 21 in. (53.5 cm.) wide; 15¾ in. (40 cm.) deep


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    An almost identical free-standing 'island' bookcase or etagère is in the Bettine, Lady Abingdon Collection at the Victoria & Albert Museum. It is inscribed in pencil on the wooden backing to the slab 'Hornig, ébéniste rue Charonne no. 7'. Both the latter and the two examples below feature a marble slab. That Hornig is not recorded as making any other variety of furniture, it is tempting to surmise that he specialised in this form and thus may have designed and made bookcases with subtle refinements, explaining the presence of a leather top in the present example (S. Medlam, The Bettine, Lady Abingdon Collection, London, 1996, F.3, fig. 23, p. 47).
    A closely related ormolu-mounted rosewood open bookstand was sold anonymously, Christie's, London, 29 March 1979, lot 72 and another was sold anonymously, Sotheby's, London, 5 March 2008, lot 159 (£28,100).

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