A SOUTH GERMAN WALNUT AND PARQUETRY DISPLAY-CABINET

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A SOUTH GERMAN WALNUT AND PARQUETRY DISPLAY-CABINET

The scrolled segmental cornice enriched with foliate trails above a pair of shaped glazed doors with blue cotton lining enclosing a fitted interior with three adjustable shelves and later floral paper-lining, the canted trellis-work pilaster strips with pierced bracket bases, above a rockwork-carved apron and basket-weave bombé sides, the base section with serpentine-fronted rectangular top above three graduated long drawers with herring-bone parquetry panels, crossbanded in amaranth and simulating three drawers between pine and lacewood borders, with further basket-weave parquetry to the sides, on moulded plinth and cabriole feet, previously with section between top and base, probably Mainz, with pencil inscription to the reverse HG /2...Aben
51in. (129.5cm.) wide; 85½in. (217cm.) high; 29in. (73.5cm.) deep

Lot Essay

Its commode/cabinet type and serpentined and voluted forms with canted and pilastered angles relates to masterpiece patterns presented by Mainz cabinet-makers in the 1740's; However, the chequered borders to the trellis-veneered drawers and their ribbon-bow escutcheons demonstrate the antique taste of the 1770's (see: H. Kreisel, Die Kunst des deutschen Möbels, Munich, 1970, vol. 2, fig. 1032.

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