25 February 1999,
Price realised GBP 13,800
GBP 10,000 - GBP 15,000
A French ormolu-mounted tulipwood and Vernis Martin-decorated bombe secretaire cabinet
By Joseph-Emmanuel Zwiener, Circa 1880
Of serpentine shape, the spreading top above a cupboard door centred by a Vernis Martin panel decorated with a Watteauesque scene, within a foliate-cast cartouche-shaped border, opening to reveal an interior fitted with two shaped shelves above a pair of small drawers, above a drawer with fall-front with helmet and spear-cast escutcheon and with pull-out green and gilt-tooled leather-lined writing surface, above a further frieze drawer, on tapering cabriole legs each headed by a satyr mask and acanthus clasp, on scrolled acanthus-cast feet, the upper back left side stamped ZWIENER, the back with later retailer's stencil LECOULES/62 Rue Taitbout/75009 Paris
26 in. (66.6 cm.) wide; 53 in. (135.8 cm.) high; 14 in. (37.5 cm.) deep
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See lot 65 for a note on Zwiener.
This secretaire is illustrated in Lecoules, Antiquits, Paris, 1983, p. 30.
The title description for this lot should read A secretaire cabinet and not A secretaire abattant.
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