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AN ORMOLU-MOUNTED KINGWOOD AND PARQUETRY VITRINE, of serpentine outline, with a bulbous moulded arched top surmounted by a pierced cresting and a figure of a woman, seated and holding a page inscribed Je Vous Aime, with a cherub to each side, the angles with four winged cherub masks above a pair of glazed doors and a pair of glazed side panels, the triple glass-shelved interior with a parquetry base, on square tapering cabriole legs with foliate clasps and terminating in acanthus-cast claw sabots, late 19th Century

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AN ORMOLU-MOUNTED KINGWOOD AND PARQUETRY VITRINE, of serpentine outline, with a bulbous moulded arched top surmounted by a pierced cresting and a figure of a woman, seated and holding a page inscribed Je Vous Aime, with a cherub to each side, the angles with four winged cherub masks above a pair of glazed doors and a pair of glazed side panels, the triple glass-shelved interior with a parquetry base, on square tapering cabriole legs with foliate clasps and terminating in acanthus-cast claw sabots, late 19th Century
48in. (122cm.) wide; 100½in. (254cm.) high; 18½in. (47cm.) deep

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This vitrine's richly sculpted dome, which is surmounted by Loves accompanying a classically dressed maiden reading a billet doux, relates to those of vitrines manufactured in the 1760s by Uhlemann, the Bayreuth court cabinetmaker.

(See Journal of the Furniture History Society, Leeds, 1992, figs. 45 and 46)
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