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    Sale 7611

    Furniture, Sculpture and Carpets

    11 September 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 135

    A DÉCOUPAGE AND VERRE ÉGLOMISÉ HAREWOOD AND EBONISED TEA-CADDY

    CIRCA 1825, MADE FOR THE RUSSIAN MARKET, THE LIDS BY CARL FRIEDRICH HEINE, ST. PETERSBURG

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    A DÉCOUPAGE AND VERRE ÉGLOMISÉ HAREWOOD AND EBONISED TEA-CADDY
    CIRCA 1825, MADE FOR THE RUSSIAN MARKET, THE LIDS BY CARL FRIEDRICH HEINE, ST. PETERSBURG
    Of rectangular form decorated overall with paper cut-out oriental figures amongst exotic birds and flowers, the hinged maroon velvet-lined top enclosing a maroon leather-lined fitted interior with three cut-glass canisters, two with silver lids stamped 'CJH', the front glass panel cracked, with printed paper label 'NICHOLLS & PLINCKE Magasin Anglais À ST PETERSBOURG'
    6½ in. (16.5 cm.) high; 12¾ in. (32.5 cm.) wide; 6½ in. (16.5 cm.) deep


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    This richly flowered tea-chest is japanned and mosaiced à la chinoise in trompe l'oiel lacquer with scissor-cut and polychromed prints. Birds, butterflies, baskets and bouquets accompany Chinese pastoral and sporting figures, while a vignette of a lady at her 'toilette' is appropriate embellishment for a lady's reception/dressing room. Such objets d'art, harmonised with contemporary William IV papier maché or tôle peinte, tea-trays etc., and relates to the fashion for cut-work or découpage discussed in Robert Sayer's, The Ladies' Amusement or The Whole Art of Japanning Made Easy, 1760.
    St. Petersburg's 'Magasin Anglais', retailing goldsmith's work and decorative objects, was founded in 1789 as M. Hoy's English Shop (Hoy Bellis and Co.) and taken over in the 1830s by Messrs Nicholls & Plincke, who also traded with China, India and the Ottoman Empire, and became popularly known as 'Silversmiths to the Tsars'. The firm continued to operate until 1880.

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