A pair of narrow George IV scarlet tortoiseshell and brass marquetry pier cabinets in the Louis XIV style, Blake???
Lot 227Y
A pair of narrow William IV scarlet tortoiseshell and brass marquetry 'buhl' pier cabinets possibly by Town & Emanuel, in the manner of A.C. Boulle
Sold for £7,500 (US$ 12,606) inc. premium
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A pair of narrow George IV scarlet tortoiseshell and brass marquetry pier cabinets in the Louis XIV style, Blake???
Lot Details
A pair of narrow William IV scarlet tortoiseshell and brass marquetry 'buhl' pier cabinets
possibly by Town & Emanuel, in the manner of A.C. Boulle
Each applied with gilt bronze mounts, the rectangular inset portor marble tops with stiff leaf cast friezes above single glazed panelled doors headed by espagneolette masks each enclosing three shelves, the sides applied with bacchic masks and premier and contre-partie marquetry panels, with female masks in the aprons, on shaped bracket feet, each 57cm wide, 27cm deep, 112cm high, (22" wide, 10.5" deep, 44" high). (2)

Footnotes

  • Town & Emanuel are listed as working at 103 New Bond Street, London as, 'Manufacturers of Buhl Marquetrie, Resner & Carved Furniture' (1830-1840), (see G.Beard & C.Gilbert, Dictionary of English Furniture Makers, 1660-1840, p. 900-901).

    One of their principal specialities was for 'buhl' marquetry, inspired by the work of the ébéniste du roi, A.C.Boulle. An example at Burghley House which has been attributed on account if its similarity to a labelled piece has comparables in the brass marquetry to the lot offered here.

    The firm are also known as 'restorers' of earlier boulle furniture, for example a Louis XIV commode with evidence of later engraving is recorded in a private collection. (See F.Collard, Town & Emanuel, Furniture History, 1996, p.84).

    For a labelled pair of Town & Emanuel 'buhl' dwarf side cabinets see Sotheby's, London 2 November 2011, lot 333.
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