The Fine Sale | 22 November 2017
Ω A Vizagapatam hardwood and ivory marquetry writing box , mid 18th century
Sold for £3500
Ω A Vizagapatam hardwood and ivory marquetry writing box , mid 18th century, on a George II Irish mahogany stand, circa 1750, the box decorated throughout with bands of lac heightened ivory marquetry depicting flowers and marquetry, the hinged top centred with a rectangular panel of conforming design, opening to a pair of small drawers, pigeon holes and a removable fitted tray section, the stand with a shaped frieze incorporating carved scrolls and centred by a central shell motif, above tapering cabriole legs surmounted by lappet carved terminals and terminating in carved claw and ball feet, 86cm high, 59cm wide, 42cm deep
Provenance: Purchased by the current owner from a member of the Penrose family (Cooper Penrose), thence by descent through several generations, having previously been part of the furnishings of Woodhill House, Cork, Ireland.
For an example of Vizagapatam furniture (writing and dressing table) with closely related design of ivory marquetry see Sothebys Important English Furniture, 6th June 2006, lot 331. An illustrated detail of a marquetry medallion of the writing and dressing table offered by Sotheby’s demonstrates the marquetry motifs used to be remarkably similar to those decorating the current lot being offered. See also Sothebys, Important English Furniture, 22nd November 2006, lot 232 for a Vizagapatam writing box demonstrating very similar marquetry decoration.
For related Irish stands, see James Peill and the Knight of Glin, 1rish Furniture, Yale University Press, 2007
Please note that this lot (lots marked with the symbol Ω in the printed catalogue) may be subject to CITES regulations when exported from the EU. The CITES regulations may be found at www.defra.gov.uk/ahvla-en/imports-exports/cites
Wednesday 22 November 2017, 10.00am
Sunday 19 November
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Monday 20 November
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Tuesday 21 November
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