2 - 3 October 2002
An Italian pewter inlaid, ormolu, semi-precious stone, and ivory-mounted ebonised cabinet-on-stand**,
First half 19th century,
The superstructure inlaid overall with geometric banding, the angles clasped with pierced mounts depicting dogs and deer, the front set with twenty-two lapis veneered drawers, each set with medallions of a Roman emperor facing his spouse, the center with an architectural drawer above a door with a central oval medallion of Romulus and Remus, flanked by Corinthian columns and opening to a plain interior with simulated leather-lining, above a breakfront drawer, the sides with carrying handles, on lion-cast supports, the later stand with similar banding, on squared tapering legs joined by X-stretchers
63¾in. (161.5cm.) high; 42½in. (108cm.) wide; 15in. (96.5cm.) deep
Sold Christie's London, 1 October 1998, lot 359 (£18,400).
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The present cabinet, with roundels depicting Roman royalty and central columned tabernacle with medallion of Romulus and Remus suckled by a she-wolf, celebrates the founding of Rome.
Please note, the estimate for this lot should read $20,000-30,000.
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