A William & Mary walnut, oyster-veneered, ebony, sycamore and green stained horn floral marquetry cabinet on later stand
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A William & Mary walnut, oyster-veneered, ebony, sycamore and green stained horn floral marquetry cabinet on later stand
Sold for £9,375 (US$ 15,741) inc. premium
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A William & Mary walnut, oyster-veneered, ebony, sycamore and green stained horn floral marquetry cabinet on later stand
Lot Details
A William & Mary walnut, oyster-veneered, ebony, sycamore and green stained horn floral marquetry cabinet on later stand
In the manner of Thomas Pistor
The rectangular cavetto moulded cornice above a cushion moulded marquetry drawer and a pair of oval panelled doors inlaid with floral sprays and birds on double eagle headed brackets, with floral inlaid spandrels enclosing a central cupboard door enclosing three short drawers surrounded by eleven inlaid short drawers; the later stand with two short drawers on five spirally turned legs joined by flattened wavy stretchers, on turned bun feet, with indistinct paper collector's label to the underside, 118cm wide, 51cm deep, 170cm high (46" wide, 20" deep, 66.5" high).

Footnotes

  • The style and handling of the marquetry on the present cabinet has affinities with the inlay on a cushion frame mirror and a side table probably supplied by Thomas Pistor senior, to James Grahme for Levens Hall, Cumbria circa 1685, illustrated in Adriana Turpin, 'Thomas Pistor Father and Son', Furniture History, 2000, pp. 44-45, figs. 1-5.

    Thomas Pistor Senior is recorded as a resident of Moorfields in 1678 and by 1693 he had moved to Bell Court in the same area. A 1693 tax assessment refers to his dwelling house and timber yard at the latter address, giving rise to the likelihood that his work shop was in the same location since he was said to own all the property at Bell Court. His son Thomas junior who is recorded as trading from a premises in Ludgate Hill, London and was dead by 1711, the same year his stock was sold off following an announcement in the Spectator on 22nd March. (see Turpin op. cit ,P. 43 and Geoffrey Beard and Christopher Gilbert eds., The Dictionary of English Furniture Makers 1660-1840, 1996, p. 700).


    A similar example sold at Christies in The English Collector and Tapestries/ 500 years, 31st October 2012, lot 62.
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