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A NORTH EUROPEAN NEOCLASSIC FRUITWOOD, ENGRAVED BONE AND MARQUETRY WRITING TABLE
A NORTH EUROPEAN NEOCLASSIC FRUITWOOD, ENGRAVED BONE AND MARQUETRY WRITING TABLE

PROBABLY RUSSIAN, CIRCA 1785

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A NORTH EUROPEAN NEOCLASSIC FRUITWOOD, ENGRAVED BONE AND MARQUETRY WRITING TABLE
Probably Russian, Circa 1785
The rectangular top with central bone-banded fruitwood rectangular reserve and zig-zag border overhanging a long frieze drawer above a dished writing slide and kneehole flanked to either side by a short drawer, the center of the long drawer inlaid with a simulated short drawer front flanked by flute-inlaid metope above guttae, each side panel centered with a bone pattera, on tapering square legs headed by caryatid figures suspending bell flower garlands, above slightly splayed block feet, a circular paper label inscribed in pencil 159
29½in. (75cm.) high, 34¼in. (61.5cm.) wide, 22½in. (57cm.) deep
Provenance
Acquired from Carlton Hobbs, London.

Lot Essay

The walrus ivory or bone materials used in Russian works of art and furniture usually came from Kholmogory, near the city of Arkhangelsk on the White Sea coast. While the raw materials came from these regions, they were often imported to Moscow and St. Petersburg and incorporated into decorative objects by urban cabinetmakers. The design, with its rustic treatment of neoclassical elements and the inclusion of geometric motifs reminiscent of folk art, also indicate a Russian origin.
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