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A DUTCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED KINGWOOD AND PARQUETRY BOMBE BUREAU-CABINET, second half 18th Century

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A DUTCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED KINGWOOD AND PARQUETRY BOMBE BUREAU-CABINET, second half 18th Century

Inlaid overall with trellis, the superstructure with moulded arched cornice with central foliate-scroll finial above a pair of mirror-glazed doors with serpentine-engraved bevelled plates, enclosing a fitted interior of three shelves and four short drawers above two candle-slides, the lower section with hinged slope enclosing a fitted interior with serpentine-fronted drawers and pigeon-holes, above four graduated long drawers, a waved apron and on splayed bracket feet, the glass replaced
51in. (130cm.) wide; 94½in. (240cm.) high; 25½in. (65cm.) deep

Lot Essay

This serpentined and trellised bureau-cabinet is designed in the Louis XV 'picturesque' manner, with Roman acanthus embellishing the cartouche of its vase-plinthed cornice, engraved on its mirrored doors and accompanying poetic-laurel in its ormolu enrichments. Its elegant French style reflects the fashion introduced to The Hague in the 1760s by ébénistes such as Matthijs Horrix (d.1809), who, following his move from Germany, was patronised by the Stadholder Prince William V (see: R.J. Baarsen, 'In de commode van Parijs tot Den Haag', Oud Holland 107, 1993, pp. 161-255). The fanciful ormolu mounts, however, are likely to have been provided from England
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