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A PAIR OF LOUIS XVI ORMOLU-MOUNTED TULIPWOOD, SYCAMORE AND PARQUETRY BIBLIOTHEQUES
A PAIR OF LOUIS XVI ORMOLU-MOUNTED TULIPWOOD, SYCAMORE AND PARQUETRY BIBLIOTHEQUES

PROBABLY BY DENIS-LOUIS ANCELLET, CIRCA 1780, ORIGINALLY PART OF A SERIES OF FITTED BOOKCASES AND ADAPTED IN ENGLAND IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF THE 19TH CENTURY

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A PAIR OF LOUIS XVI ORMOLU-MOUNTED TULIPWOOD, SYCAMORE AND PARQUETRY BIBLIOTHEQUES
PROBABLY BY DENIS-LOUIS ANCELLET, CIRCA 1780, ORIGINALLY PART OF A SERIES OF FITTED BOOKCASES AND ADAPTED IN ENGLAND IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF THE 19TH CENTURY
Each with moulded architectural cornice above an anthemion mounted frieze and a panelled glazed door flanked by glazed panels enclosing shelves, with trellis parquetry to the sides and plinth base, one labelled P, one Q, one indistinctly stamped 'A.CELL...', partially remounted, originally with grilles and base sections, the plinths made slightly higher and deeper
Q - 71½ in. (181.5 cm.) high; 50 in. (127 cm.) wide; 14½ in. (37 cm.) deep; P very slightly wider and less deep (2)
Provenance
Probably acquired by Baron Lionel de Rothschild (d. 1879), 148 Piccadilly, London
His widow, Baroness Charlotte de Rothschild (d. 1884), Gunnersbury Park, Middlesex, by descent to
Their third son, Leopold de Rothschild (d. 1917), Ascott, Buckinghamshire
His third son, Anthony de Rothschild (d. 1961), Ascott, Buckinghamshire, father of
Evelyn de Rothschild, Esq., Palace House, Newmarket, sold Christie's London, 3 July 1986, lot 144.

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Lot Essay

The indistinct stamp is probably that of Denis-Louis Ancellet, maître in 1766.

These beautiful bookcases are embellished with a delicate small-scale trellis pattern first employed in the mid-1760s by various ébénistes working in the Transitional style but particularly favoured by the ébéniste du Roi Jean-Henri Riesener in the mid-1780s. In its present form, the pattern was used by him, for instance, on a small secretaire in the Wallace collection, illustrated in F. Watson, Louis XVI Furniture, London, 1960, no. 97. Ancellet was clearly inspired by Riesener's oeuvre but also collaborated with his contemporary Adam Weisweiler and a console bearing both Ancellet's and Weisweiler's stamp is mentioned by P. Kjellberg, Le Mobilier Français du XVIIIe Siècle, Paris, 1989, p. 25. In 1791, Ancellet supplied items of furniture to the Garde-Meuble Royal for the château de St. Cloud.
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