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AN ORMOLU, AMARANTH AND KINGWOOD MEUBLE D'APPUI, after André-Charles Boulle, the rectangular top with an ormolu border and banded clasp mounts above a pair of panel doors, inlaid with boxwood outlined kingwood panels, each centred by two figures in niches depicting Samson and prophets and with relief-cast lock plates, the sides each with a niche figure within a border frame and four faceted bosses, on plinth base centred by a grotesque mask with foliate scrolls, on four square tapering acanthus-cast feet (lacking marble top, central frieze mount lacking, some veneer chips), late 19th Century

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AN ORMOLU, AMARANTH AND KINGWOOD MEUBLE D'APPUI, after André-Charles Boulle, the rectangular top with an ormolu border and banded clasp mounts above a pair of panel doors, inlaid with boxwood outlined kingwood panels, each centred by two figures in niches depicting Samson and prophets and with relief-cast lock plates, the sides each with a niche figure within a border frame and four faceted bosses, on plinth base centred by a grotesque mask with foliate scrolls, on four square tapering acanthus-cast feet (lacking marble top, central frieze mount lacking, some veneer chips), late 19th Century
74½in. (192cm.) wide; 54¼in.(138cm.) high; 24¼in. (61.5cm.) deep

Lot Essay

This Renaissance cabinet is designed in the Louis XVI 'antiquarian' manner, and embellished with ormolu mounts after André-Charles Boulle (d. 1732), with figurative tablets of Samson and prophets set in shell-headed niches and richly sculpted lockplates in the 16th Century French manner. (See C. Avery, 'A Mannerist Bronze Lockplate and Hasp', Studies in the History of Art, vol. 22, Italian plaquettes, Washington, 1989.)
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