A Victorian Mannerist revival giltwood centre table after a design by J.D. Crace and Louis Paul Mazaroz

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Lot 112
A Victorian Mannerist revival giltwood centre table
after a design by J.D. Crace and Louis Paul Mazaroz

£ 4,000 - 6,000
US$ 5,300 - 8,000
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10 Dec 2013, 12:30 GMT

London, Knightsbridge

A Victorian Mannerist revival giltwood centre table
after a design by J.D. Crace and Louis Paul Mazaroz
the later circular Onyx inset top with a lotus-leaf edge, on three seated griffin caryatids perched upon fluted plinths, encompassing a central beaded, lobed and acanthus wrapped baluster column separated by foliate scrolls, the tripartite base terminating in leaf carved scroll feet, 91cm wide x 90.5cm deep x 80cm high, (35.5in wide x 35.5in deep x 31in high)

Footnotes

  • A design produced by John Dibblee Crace in 1894 for the Astor Estate Office along with a walnut octagonal table supplied to William Waldorf Astor during the 1890s share characteristics in common with the present lot. A pair of walnut sofas stamped 'CRACE', which probably formed part of the same Estate Office commission, are similar to all of the above. Also, a virtually identical giltwood table to the offered example featured in the Bonhams auction, Property of Lord Mowbray and Stourton & The Honourable James Stourton, Edinburgh, Thursday 29th November 2012, lot 23.

    The 1894 J.D. Crace drawing is most likely the one utilised by both Crace and the Parisian cabinet maker, Louis Paul Mazaroz, in their execution of the aforementioned walnut octagonal table, which is stamped with both of their names. This comparable walnut table incoporates four recumbent griffins as diagonally aligned supports for its top, as well as distinctive projecting plinths, closely following the Crace design and the above lot. The walnut table is illustrated in "The Craces, Royal Decorators, 1768-1899", ed. by M. Aldrich, 1990, pl.26, p. 112. The beautiful and classically restrained nature of these carved griffin monopodia, similar to - though slightly more recumbent in posture than - the supports on the present giltwood table, echo the work of the French Mannerist architect and designer, Jacques I Androuet du Cerceau.

    Du Cerceau (1510-85) was one of the most influential and imaginative designer working in the fields of architecture, furniture, metalwork and ornament in 16th century France. He produced a number of books illustrating a beautiful assortment of Mannerist engravings replete with intricate classical elements such as griffins, satyrs and caryatids. Jacques Androuet was the first, and arguably most famous, of the four creative members of the renowned Du Cerceau family, who were all significant figures in the closely related realms of French architecture and design during the second half of the 16th century and first half of the 17th century.

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