Description: with engraved ivory inlays, the central section with two doors opening to reveal eleven drawers and a mirrored tabernacle with chequered floor, the lower section with two further drawers flanked by gilt-bronze putti, decorated overall with strap-work, trellis-work, scrolling foliage, shell-motives, birds and insects, on giltwood feet in the shape of crouched lions
Dimensions: 156cm. high, 107.5 cm. wide, 60cm. deep; 5ft. 1 ½ in., 3ft. 6in., 1ft. 11 ½ in.
Condition Report: This extraordinary cabinet is in fine un-restored condition. The mirror plate section with some small losses to the moulding and minor losses to the carving and gilding of the seated putti. The mirror plates are not original and it is possible that originally engraved plates were in their place. The main body with exceptional ivory marquetry panel has shrinking cracks to both returns which would befit from attention. There is a small loss to the ivory inlay and lower moulding to the right return.The interior of the cupboard doors is in fine condition with a mirrored niche lacking a gilt wood moulding. The plinth stepped base with shrinking crack to both returns. The mouldings to the lower drawers are partly missing. The moulding at the base to the left return is lacking. The recumbent lion feet have minor losses to gilding and some light tarnishing. The miniature watch case to top decorated in the whole (images available on request) possibly an independent piece and not belonging originally to the cabinet - with a fall front door has marks of previous handle to the top and might have sit on feet. There are small losses to the feather-band fillet veneer to the base.
"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.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
Saleroom Notice: This lot contains ivory. Due to recent changes in the laws of many countries (e.g. US, France) Sotheby's recommends that buyers check with their own government regarding any importation requirements prior to placing a bid. For example, US regulations restrict the import of elephant ivory and prohibit the import of African elephant ivory. Please note that Sotheby's will not assist buyers with the shipment of this lot into the US. A buyer's inability to export or import these lots cannot justify a delay in payment or sale cancellation.
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