Lot 234: A SOUTH GERMAN BAROQUE PEWTER, BRASS AND TORTOISESHELL BOULLE MARQUETRY CABINET ON STAND, MUNICH OR VIENNA CIRCA 1710 |
January 19, 2017
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: the domed superstructure of serpentine outline centred by a cupboard door and flanked on each side by an arrangement of four drawers, the lower section with eight further drawers, on square tapering legs joined by a stretcher, the central panelled door inlays altered
The marquetry with tarnishing to the brass and pewter, with lifting and losses overall. Further losses are noticeable on the veneer of all drawers. The tortoiseshell inlay on both sides is in distressed condition, with flaking and fading, especially on the left side. The central and right bottom drawers of the stand are missing their knob. The central door with lock missing and horizontal construction cracks; the interior formerly fitted with one shelf (not original). The stretcher also with overall losses to the tortoiseshell, which does however retain its distinctive red colour. Although in overall stable condition, with no loose pieces, this imposing cabinet is in need of professional attention.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
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Provenance: Luigi Moroni, Conte di Loreto;
Thence by descent to the current owner.
Dimensions: 188cm. high, 122cm. wide, 61cm. deep; 6ft. 2in., 4ft., 2ft.
Literature: Related literature
R. Eikelmann (ed.), Prunkmöbel am Müncher Hof, Munich, 2011
G. Hojer, H. Ottomeyer (eds.), Die Möbel der Residenz München, Munich, 1996
H. Kreisel, Die Kunst des deutschen Möbels, vol. II, Munich, 1973
M. Riccardi-Cubitt, The Art of the Cabinet, London, 1992
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