15 November 2001
A SUITE OF NORTH ITALIAN MECCA (GILT-VARNISHED SILVERED) AND GREEN-PAINTED GROTTO SEAT FURNITURE
Venice, late 19th Century
Comprising a settee, a pair of armchairs, a pair of side chairs and a tripod table, the seat furniture with scallop-shaped backs and seats, the settee surmounted by additional shells, the armrests in the form of dolphins, above naturalistic cabriole legs simulating rockwork, the table with scallop shell top, above scrolling dolphin-shaped legs jointed by by shell-centred stretchers, refreshments to the painted decoration
settee 56 in. (143.5 cm.) wide (6)
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A chair with very similar legs and seat is illustrated in B. M. Newman and A. Duncan, Fantasy Furniture, New York, 1989, p. 65.
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The estimate on this suite of seat furniture is £10,000-£15,000, and not as stated in the catalogue.
From woodcuts to lithographs and originals vs editions. Illustrated with works sold at Christie's
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