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PROPERTY FROM THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART, SOLD TO BENEFIT THE ACQUISITIONS FUND

A Louis XV carved oak display cabinet Aachen or Liège, circa 1750
Estimate
7,00010,000
LOT SOLD. 50,000 USD
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PROPERTY FROM THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART, SOLD TO BENEFIT THE ACQUISITIONS FUND

A Louis XV carved oak display cabinet Aachen or Liège, circa 1750
Estimate
7,00010,000
LOT SOLD. 50,000 USD
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Details & Cataloguing

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A Louis XV carved oak display cabinet Aachen or Liège, circa 1750
height 102 1/2 in.; width 74 in.; depth 23 1/2 i n.
260.5 cm; 188 cm; 60 cm
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Provenance

The Lesley and Emma Sheafer Collection, Bequest of Emma A. Sheafer, 1973

Exhibited

The Lesley and Emma Sheafer Collection: A Selective Presentation, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1975

Literature

Yvonne Hackenbroch and James Parker, The Lesley and Emma Sheafer Collection: A Selective Presentation, New York, 1975, cat. no. 17.

Catalogue Note

Liège, now part of present day Belgium, had a strong local carving tradition throughout the eighteenth century that was heavily influenced by Parisian style mixed with Germanic influences. Liège furniture is unique in that it is joined, not pegged or nailed, and the carved elements are part of the structural wood rather than applied carving. The present piece is an exquisite example of Liège craftsmanship and design. The flower basket on the cresting relates to a drawing by the Dutch architect and designer Matthias Soiron (1748-1834) illustrated in Joseph Philippe, Le Meuble Liegeois, Liege, 1990, fig. 80. A less refined example of the same motif is repeated on a corner vitrine illustrated ibid., fig. 79. The scale of the present example is an interesting and unusual feature, as many other display cabinets do not exhibit such a pronounced reduction of width between the upper and lower sections. There are a few other examples though including one in a German collection illustrated in Hermann Schmitz, Deutsche Mobel des Barock & Rokoko, Stuttgart, 1923, pg. 219. Another display cabinet of similar proportions is illustrated Thibaut Wolvesperges, Belgian Furniture, 1500-1800, Brussels, 2000, pl. 53.

Collections: European Decorative Arts

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New York