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    Sale 5201

    Style & Spirit

    27 November 2007, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 417

    AN ORMOLU MOUNTED BRASS AND TOROISESELL INLAID EBONY AND COROMANDEL SIDE CABINET

    MID-19TH CENTURY

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    AN ORMOLU MOUNTED BRASS AND TOROISESELL INLAID EBONY AND COROMANDEL SIDE CABINET
    MID-19TH CENTURY
    Of breakfront outline, with a stepped and foliate frieze above three premiere and contre partie inlaid doors, the centre door with foliate strapwork cartouches, foliate masks and rams heads, the outer doors glazed and with bearded-mask and foliate mounted stiles on a mask-centred plinth with rosette clasps
    48in. (122cm.) high; 86in. (219cm.) wide; 19in. (49cm.) deep


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    Designed in the Louis Quatorze Roman fashion and evoking the Arcadian Golden Age, the cupboard's centre door has a golden tablet embellished in bronze bas-relief against a rich filigree of Roman acanthus. The mask of the Arcadian deity emerges from an acanthus and shell-scalloped cartouche that is displayed above a satyr-headed and lambrequin-draped bracket; while a bacchic ram-headed, pearl-wreathed and lion-footed altar bears a shell-scalloped cartouche with the festive head of the harvest wine-deity. The pattern was invented around 1700 by the court ébéniste André-Charles Boulle (d.1732) and featured on a triumphal-arched cabinet, formerly in the possession of Jacques-Nicholas Colbert (d.1707), Archbishop of Rouen, and exhibited in 1862 at the South Kensington Museum (now Victoria & Albert Museum), and again in 1917.
    Amongst 18th century furniture featuring the Pan mask is a secretaire delivered for Marie Antoinette's Versailles apartments in 1780 by J.H. Riesener (see P. Hughes, The Wallace Collection: Catalogue of Furniture, vol. II, London, 1996, no. 196)

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