London, South Kensington
30 April 2015
PROPERTY OF THE ROYAL HOUSE OF SAXONY, HOUSE OF WETTIN A.L. (ALBERTINE LINE)
A ROYAL SAXON BRASS-MOUNTED STAINED-FIELD-MAPLE BUREAU-CABINET
DRESDEN, CIRCA 1730-1740
The broken cornice above a pair of mirrored doors enclosing a fitted interior with pigeon holes and drawers, the base with a hinged fall-front fitted with a well, pigeon holes and drawers, above two short and two long drawers, on bracket feet, losses and replacements, the mirror plates replaced
91 in. (231 cm.) high; 41 ¼ in. (105 cm.) wide; 24 in. (61 cm.) deep
Probably supplied to Frederick August (1670-1733), Elector of Saxony and, as August II (from 1679), King of Poland, or to his son, August III (1696-1763), Elector of Saxony and King of Poland, for Schloss Moritzburg (inv. no. 42709).
Thence by descent with the Saxon Royal family.
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H. Kreisel, Die Kunst des Deutschen Moebels, Munich 1970, p. 47, illus. 48.
G. Haase, Das Dresdener Moebel im 18. Jahrhundert, Halle 1976, p. 59, no. 107.
G. Haase, Dresdener Moebel des 18. Jahrhunderts, Leipzig 1983, p. 282, no. 79.
See lot 252 for further information on this lot.
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