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    Important European Furniture, Works of Art, Ceramics, Carpets, And Glass

    20 May 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 354

    TWO CENTRAL EUROPEAN MAHOGANY, PARCEL-EBONIZED AND PARCEL-GILT CENTER TABLES

    AUSTRIAN OR GERMAN

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    TWO CENTRAL EUROPEAN MAHOGANY, PARCEL-EBONIZED AND PARCEL-GILT CENTER TABLES
    AUSTRIAN OR GERMAN
    Each with an oval top, one with bookended veneer, above a solid frieze, one with egg-and-dart, each end with two tiers of cascading feather carving, over a pair of feather-carved cylindrical supports with foliate collars joined by a conforming undertier, on bun feet
    One 31¼ in. (79 cm.) high, 48½ in. (123 cm.) wide, 34¾ in. (88 cm.) deep; the other 31½ in. (80 cm.) high, 48¼ in. (122.5 cm.) wide, 35 in. (89 cm.) deep (2)


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    These striking tables with unusual palm-frond foliate carving are possibly part of a larger suite of furniture from Schloss Friedenstein, in Gotha, (near Thuringia), Germany. The suite included a fall-front secretaire and seat furniture which incorporates the distinctive foliate carving found on these tables into the splat of the chairs (see F. Luthmer and R. Schmidt, Empire und Biedermeier Möbel und Schlössen und Bürgerhäusern, Frankfurt, 1923.). Schloss Friedenstein was built in 1643 and dominates the town of Gotha. It was built on the site of the earlier castle of Grimmenstein, and provided a model for other palaes in Thuringia and beyond. A similar table, of circular rather than oval form, and presumed to be from the same suite, was sold from the Ingrao collection, Sotheby's New York, 20 October 2006, lot 164. Another almost identical but smaller circular table was sold from the collection of Gianni Versace, Sotheby's New York, 5-7 April, 2001, lot 380.

    Provenance

    Possibly the Dukes of Gotha at Schloss Friedenstein.


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