13 November 2007,
London, South Kensington
Price realised GBP 90,500
Estimate GBP 20,000 - GBP 30,000
AN ITALIAN ORMOLU MOUNTED EBONY, PIETRA DURA AND MOTHER-OF-PEARL INLAID CABINET
Of tiered architectural form, with an arrangement of columns and niches supporting cornices and pediments and with multiple urn finials and balustrades enclosing a series of shallow and deep drawers some with secret compartments, and with a central compartment enclosing five further short drawers
45in. (115cm.) high; 35in. (89cm.) wide; 16in. (41cm.) deep;
On a later parcel-gilt and ivory inlaid ebony stand -- 32in. (82cm.) high; 39in. (99cm.) wide; 20in. (51cm.) deep (2)
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The multi-tiered cabinet has its richly jewelled façade designed as a Renaissance triumphal-arch, and in the manner of the celebrated cabinet at Stourhead, which is reputed to have belonged to Pope Sixtus V (d. 1590). (A. Mitchell at al, Stourhead, p.22)
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Franco Samensato, Rome, 22 January 1992, lot 66.