A NORTH EUROPEAN KINGWOOD, AMARANTH AND MARQUETRY MEUBLE D'APPUI
A NORTH EUROPEAN KINGWOOD, AMARANTH AND MARQUETRY MEUBLE D'APPUI

THIRD QUARTER 18TH CENTURY, PROBABLY BALTIC, ORIGINALLY FITTED, THE SIDE PANELS NEAR CONTEMPORARY ADDITIONS

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A NORTH EUROPEAN KINGWOOD, AMARANTH AND MARQUETRY MEUBLE D'APPUI
THIRD QUARTER 18TH CENTURY, PROBABLY BALTIC, ORIGINALLY FITTED, THE SIDE PANELS NEAR CONTEMPORARY ADDITIONS
The concaved rectangular Breche d'Alep marble top above a cupboard door inlaid with a ribbon swagged urn and sprays of flowers and butterflies, labelled with initials 'H.J.H.E.'
31 ¾ in. (80.5 cm.) high; 39 ¾ in. (101 cm.) wide; 14 ¼ in. (36 cm.) deep
Provenance
Almost certainly Sir Henry Hope Edwardes Bt., Wootton Hall, Derbyshire, and by descent to
Lt. Col. Herbert James Hope-Edwardes, Netley Hall, Shropshire, and by descent to
Lady More (née Hope-Edwardes formerly, Coldwell), Netley Hall, and subsequently Linley Hall, Shropshire, and by descent.
Literature
T. Cox, Inventory of the contents of Netley Hall, Shropshire, 1917, p. 7 (small drawing room).
Sale room notice
Please note, the catalogue entry should read: A NORTH EUROPEAN KINGWOOD, AMARANTH AND MARQUETRY MEUBLE D'APPUI, THIRD QUARTER 18TH CENTURY, PROBABLY BALTIC, ORIGINALLY FITTED, THE SIDE PANELS NEAR CONTEMPORARY ADDITIONS
Not as stated in the printed catalogue.

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Lot Essay

With its illusionistic pictorial marquetry of a bouquet of flowers issuing from a vase and flanked by trailing flower garlands, this elegant 'meuble d appui' or side cabinet relates to the luxurious marquetry furniture executed by a group of émigré cabinet-makers working in Paris in the third quarter of the 18th Century.
It derives from the oeuvre of Jean-François Oeben, whose skillfully rendered 'pictures in wood', using contrasting timbers, continued a tradition for marquetry furniture which André-Charles Boulle had taken to new heights. Oeben's floral marquetry decorating a side cabinet formerly with Galerie Perrin is closely related to that of this cabinet (exhibition catalogue, R. Strattmann-Dohler, 'Jean-François Oeben', Paris, 2002, p. 56, no. 45). Its delicate contrast of light flowers and dark leaves, appears similarly on both examples.
However, the construction of the present cabinet is made entirely of pine which suggests a North European, probably Swedish origin. Indeed, whilst many German craftsman, like Oeben, moved to Paris, others emigrated to Stockholm, where from the 1750s a sophisticated cabinet-making centre developed and luxurious marquetry furniture was produced to the highest standards, as seen here.
Amongst the most talented Stockholm cabinet-makers producing marquetry furniture in the French manner in the second half of the 18th Century were Johann Linning, Anders Lindelius, Johan Neijber, Nils Petter Stenstrom and obviously Georg Haupt, whose superb marquetry easily rivalled that of his Parisian counterparts (T. Sylven, Masternas Mobler, Stockholm, 1996, pp. 160-178).
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