London, South Kensington
13 September 2005
A FRENCH EMPIRE ORMOLU MOUNTED MAHOGANY LIT-EN-BATEAU
FIRST QUARTER 19TH CENTURY
With scrolled panelled ends mounted with rosettes, seahorses and winged male figures, with a deeply carved side panel centred by a beaded roundel with a mask and crescent and issuing flowering and foliate stems, the seahorse mounts original, the rosettes probably later, and presumably originally with turned top rails.
45½in. (116cm.) high, 57in. (145cm.) wide, 93in. (236cm.) long
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'A house of magnificent sets', House and Garden, December 1962, pg.62.
Robin Muir, 'The Legacy of Angus', The World of Interiors, September 2005.
This lit-en-bateau decorated Angus McBean's Empire room at 12 Devonshire Terrace, Brighton between 1948-50 and later at Gibson Square, Islington, 1953-1963.
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