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A PAIR OF REGENCY GILT-COMPOSITION, GILTWOOD AND CHINESE BLACK AND GOLD LACQUER CUPBOARDS
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A PAIR OF REGENCY GILT-COMPOSITION, GILTWOOD AND CHINESE BLACK AND GOLD LACQUER CUPBOARDS

EARLY 19TH CENTURY, CONSTRUCTED USING 18TH CENTURY LACQUER PANELS FROM A SCREEN

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A PAIR OF REGENCY GILT-COMPOSITION, GILTWOOD AND CHINESE BLACK AND GOLD LACQUER CUPBOARDS
EARLY 19TH CENTURY, CONSTRUCTED USING 18TH CENTURY LACQUER PANELS FROM A SCREEN
Each with a white marble top above a door, between foliate carved channelled uprights, one inscribed in pencil 'pier 17', the other 'pier 18', one marble top damaged, both doors hinged to open the same way
35 in. (89 cm.) high; 20½ in. (52 cm.) wide; 14½ in. (37 cm.) deep (2)
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VAT rate of 5% is payable on hammer price and at 15% on the buyer's premium

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Lot Essay

These elegant marble-topped 'pier-commode-tables', designed to display golden vignettes of Chinese garden pavilions, are conceived in the antique manner promoted by Thomas Sheraton's, Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterers Drawing Books, 1791-3 (2nd ed. 1794 and 3rd ed. 1802); and reflect French styles promoted by the furnishing of Carlton House, the park side mansion of George, Prince of Wales, later George IV. While the pier-tables' narrow width reflect contemporary architecture, with windows enlarged to introduce picturesque Chinese-fashioned landscapes; their triumphal 'Apollo' palm-flowered escutcheons indicate purpose as 'poetry book' cabinets for a fashionable apartment. So the nature-deity Venus is evoked by pearled and wave-scrolled friezes, while palms accompany Pan's reeds in enriching their antique-fluted Pompeian pillars, which are raised on stump plinths with spiral-flutes recalling Jupiter's vivifying fulcrum.

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