• Christies auction house James Christie logo

    Sale 7574

    Thomas Hope & The Neoclassical Vision & The Collector of Collections

    24 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 53

    A RECTANGULAR PARCEL GILT AND POLYCHROME WOOD AND GLASS CASKET

    VENETIAN, EARLY 17TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A RECTANGULAR PARCEL GILT AND POLYCHROME WOOD AND GLASS CASKET
    VENETIAN, EARLY 17TH CENTURY
    The wooden carcase with elborate gilded decoration in the form of scrolling foliage and fruits; each side decorated with four half-columns; the hinged lid opening to reveal a decorated interior; areas of the gilding and polychromy refreshed; minor damages, repairs and replacements
    13 x 15½ x 11 3/8 in. (33 x 39.4 x 29 cm.)


    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    Either side of the magnificent marble group by Flaxman of Aurora and Cephalus can be seen a pier table, and on each was placed a glass casket. One contained an antique marble fragment supposedly from the Parthenon; the other a stalactite from the grotto at Antiparos, a site recorded in Antiquity. That Hope regarded each with equal merit demonstrates his love of the antique, the primitive, the unusual and shows his delight in the eclectic nature of Duchess Street and his collection.

    Special Notice

    No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 15% will be added to the buyer's premium which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis.