A German Baroque engraved-pewter, brass, bone and mother-of-pearl inlaid tortoiseshell, rosewood, eb
Lot 10Y
A late 17th/early 18th century German Baroque engraved-pewter, brass, bone, ivory, horn and mother-of-pearl inlaid tortoiseshell, rosewood, ebony and ebonised cabinetCirca 1700, in the manner of Johann Daniel Sommer II (1643-98)
Sold for £38,400 (US$ 60,220) inc. premium

Lot Details
A German Baroque engraved-pewter, brass, bone and mother-of-pearl inlaid tortoiseshell, rosewood, eb a Antwerp premiere-partie tortoiseshell, rosewood, ebonised, engraved pewter and mother of pearl and
A late 17th/early 18th century German Baroque engraved-pewter, brass, bone, ivory, horn and mother-of-pearl inlaid tortoiseshell, rosewood, ebony and ebonised cabinet
Circa 1700, in the manner of Johann Daniel Sommer II (1643-98)
The breakfront upper-structure fitted with a pair of cushioned doors finely inlaid with flowers and scrolling branches, the backs fitted with mirrored panels within a foliate border, the mirrored interior fitted with thirty drawers and a parquet floor, the top centred by a cartouche inlaid with a monogram, above three long drawers inlaid with similar decoration, fitted with circular horn handles, the sides with black panels within a stepped frame, on later toupie feet, the cabinet cut and remounted in the 19th century, 116cm wide, 60cm deep, 169cm high (45.5" wide, 23.5" deep, 66.5" high).

Footnotes

  • 'Property from the H.L. Visser Collection'

    Provenance: By repute this cabinet was once at Castle Leslie, near Glasslough, County Monaghan in Ireland. Castle Leslie is a large Victorian house built in c.1870 for Sir John Leslie (later the first Baronet), whose family had been in possession of the land beside Glaslough, since the 17th century. An attractive Italian Renaissance cloister joining the main block to a single storey wing is testimony to the Italophile tastes of the first Baronet. The house was largely decorated with Italian furniture and paintings, although many of the more valuable pieces have now been sold. The Long Gallery, situated behind the cloister, is decorated with frescoes by Sir John Leslie, an accomplished painter in his own right. Castle Lesley was more recently owned by Desmond Leslie who was Winston Churchill's cousin. The castle is now run as a country house hotel and is one of Ireland’s only great Victorian houses to have survived in the hands of one family, in its original condition.

    Johann Daniel Sommer II (1643-1698)

    Despite the superb quality of his furniture, little is known about the cabinetmaker Johann Daniel Sommer. A Jacques Sommer is recorded in Paris, before 1666, as making elaborately decorated sets of mirrors with matching tables and candlestands for the French court. Sommer’s style suggests cooperation with the Royal cabinetmaker Pierre Gole (Circa 1620-1684). After Sommer’s return to Germany about 1667, he introduced the highly complicated 'Boulle' marquetry, incorporating horn, tortoiseshell and various metals, to his homeland.
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