26 November 1996
THE PROPERTY OF A LADY
A GERMAN WALNUT, PARQUETRY AND MARQUETRY BUREAU-CABINET
Decorated overall with simulated panelling and crossbanding, the shaped moulded cornice above a central section with a waved drawer and a door decorated with the Immaculate Conception and enclosing two later shelves, flanked to each side by five short drawers, the middle section with a shaped sloping fall-front enclosing a green material-covered writing-surface and a fitted interior of nine short drawers, the fall-front flanked at either side by two short drawers, the lower serpentine section with three long drawers and on later bun feet
15½ in. (128 cm.) wide; 84 in. (213.5 cm.) high; 29 in. (73.5 cm.) deep
Mr. P. Kestner, Château de Heidwiller, Illfurth, Alsace.
Thence by descent.
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