20 - 21 April 2005
A SEVRES (FIRST EMPIRE) GOLD-GROUND RETICULATED BASKET FROM THE 'SERVICE A MARLY D'OR'
1811, iron-red stencilled and incised marks
Of flaring cylindrical form, moulded and pierced as a laced trellis basket, the lower portion with four oblong octagonal panels in two sizes finely painted with birds against a pale blue sky and reserved on the burnished gold ground, chased between each cartouche with paired foliate scrolls terminating in rosettes and issuing from a central lozenge, the flaring foot as reticulated basket staves, the bottom of the basket level with the lacing above the painted birds
8¼ in. (20.9 cm.) high; 10¼ in. (26.1 cm.) diameter
Le Prince de Schwarzenberg, delivered 5 May 1812
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The present basket, three others similar, two sugar-bowls, two large basins, eight serving dishes and two ice-pails comprise the small service from which it comes.
Fewer than 30 of these horseshoe-back armchairs are known to exist. This one comes to auction on 13 September in New York
Important Chinese works of art from one of America’s leading cultural institutions coming to auction in New York