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A PAIR OF EARLY VICTORIAN  ORMOLU AND PORCELAIN-MOUNTED KINGWOOD AND TULIPWOOD HANGING SHELVES
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A PAIR OF EARLY VICTORIAN ORMOLU AND PORCELAIN-MOUNTED KINGWOOD AND TULIPWOOD HANGING SHELVES

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A PAIR OF EARLY VICTORIAN ORMOLU AND PORCELAIN-MOUNTED KINGWOOD AND TULIPWOOD HANGING SHELVES
The upper sections with mirror-glazed backs and open shelves above two pairs of cupboard doors with Sèvres style porcelain lozenges decorated with cherubs amid strapwork and flowerheads, each with associated fitted compartments to the interior with printed labels inscribed 'SOLD AT/TOWN & EMMANUEL'S/Repository of Arts,/103 New Bond Street/London/And at Paris'
25 in. (63.5 cm.) high; 18 ¼ in. (46.5 cm) wide (2)
Provenance
Baron Lionel de Rothschild (1808-1879), and by descent to his son Leopold de Rothschild (1845-1917)
Thence by descent.
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Lot Essay

Town and Emanuel were a London firm of cabinet-makers, who like many of their contemporaries in the 1830's and 1840's such as E.H. Baldock and John Webb, also dealt in antique furniture to cater to the demand of a generation of connoisseur collectors such as William Beckford and George Watson-Taylor for the furniture of the ancien régime. Based at 103 Bond Street from circa 1830 to 1849, they are recorded variously as curiosity dealers (in 1840) and in 1842 as importers and manufacturers of 'buhl, marqueterie, resner & carved furniture'. Their clients included the Duke of Buckingham, to whom they sold a group of Italian furniture from the Doge Manin's Palace, and the Duke of Buccleuch, while their trade card advertised their Royal Appointment to Queen Adelaide. Their stock-in-trade was sold at Christie's on April 19, 1849, and included pieces of their own manufacture as well as antique pieces, many of which were acquired from the great collection sales of Wanstead (1822), Fonthill (1823) and Stowe (1848).
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