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A VENETIAN POLYCHROME DECORATED CRAB-FORM CHAIR
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A VENETIAN POLYCHROME DECORATED CRAB-FORM CHAIR

ATTRIBUTED TO PAULY ET CIE., LATE 19TH CENTURY

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A VENETIAN POLYCHROME DECORATED CRAB-FORM CHAIR
ATTRIBUTED TO PAULY ET CIE., LATE 19TH CENTURY
With hinged top opening to form a padded seat on rockwork upright and base
19 in. (48 cm.) high, closed
41 in. (104 cm.) high, open
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Lot Essay

This fantastical chair is an example of Grotto furniture, so called after the fashion amongst the European nobility for building whimsical shell-encrusted grottos during the 18th and 19th centuries. Almost certainly of Venetian origin, there were by the mid 19th century a number of workshops specialising in the production of carved and gilt-gesso shell furniture in Venice, of which Pauly et Cie. was the leading firm by the 1880s.

A comparable seat, modelled as a turtle, as opposed to crab as the present lot, sold Christie's, London, 13 May 2008, lot 520 (£22,100). A further example of which is illustrated in D. Linley, Extraordinary Furniture, London, 1996, p. 166.

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