29 September 1999
A DUTCH BAROQUE EBONY ARMOIRE
Late 17th Century
The stepped cornice centered by a foliate armorial crest, on an applied scrolling foliage carved relief with a pair of confronting blind-folded putti holding a wreath, above a pair of coffered doors flanked by solomonic columns with composite capitals, the sides coffered, over a breakfront drawer with lion's mask pulls, on large bun feet
20in. (239cm.) high, 96in. (255cm.) wide, 36in. (95cm.) deep
Castle Helmond, Holland until 1926.
Mrs. C. F. Wesselman van Helmond de Jonge van Zwijnsbergen (sold Paul Brandt, Amsterdam, 7-8 September 1948, lot 6).
Bought by the father of the present owner.
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The armoire is believed to have come to Castle Helmond through the daughter of the ambassador to the Duchy of Mantua (at the court in Brussels).
Please note that the correct height of this lot should read 102in. (239cm.).
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