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A REGENCE ORMOLU-MOUNTED EBONY, BRASS AND TORTOISESHELL-INLAID 'BOULLE' MARQUETRY COMMODE
A REGENCE ORMOLU-MOUNTED EBONY, BRASS AND TORTOISESHELL-INLAID 'BOULLE' MARQUETRY COMMODE
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Prospective purchasers are advised that several co… Read more PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF BARONESS CARMEN THYSSEN-BORNEMISZA (LOTS 57 & 109-127)
A REGENCE ORMOLU-MOUNTED EBONY, BRASS AND TORTOISESHELL-INLAID 'BOULLE' MARQUETRY COMMODE

EARLY 18TH CENTURY, ATTRIBUTED TO NICOLAS SAGEOT

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A REGENCE ORMOLU-MOUNTED EBONY, BRASS AND TORTOISESHELL-INLAID 'BOULLE' MARQUETRY COMMODE
EARLY 18TH CENTURY, ATTRIBUTED TO NICOLAS SAGEOT
The rounded rectangular top inlaid with Berainesque strapwork, and exotic figures, the sides similarly inlaid, above three long drawers with espagnolete mask escutcheons, between bowed angles with conforming masks, on bifurcated feet headed by scallop shells, largely remounted and re-gilt, and with restorers numbers, the sabots stamped for Cristofle
33 ¾ in. (85.5 cm.) high; 47 in. (119.5 cm.) wide; 26 ¾ in. (68 cm.) deep
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Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory and tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.
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Lot Essay

The top of this spectacular commode, decorated in première partie Boulle marquetry in brass, luxurious red tortoiseshell and is typical of the ingenious inventiveness with which Nicolas Sageot, maître in 1706, created ever new designs using the 'antique' and 'arabesque' engravings of Jean Bérain (d. 1711) as his main source. The overall form of the commode and in particular its marquetry relates it closely to another commode stamped by Sageot, though with four rather than three drawers, previously in the collections of the Dukes of Newcastle and sold at Christie's, London, 16 December 1999, lot 50 (£287,500). Another closely related commode is that from the collection of Barbara Piasecka Johnson, previously in the collection of the duchesse de Talleyrand, sold Sotheby's, New York, 21 May 1992, lot 69 ($385,000).

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