FROM THE COLLECTION OF BARBARA AND ERNEST KAFKA
Heinrich Kreissel, Die Kunst des Deutschen Möbels, Spätbarock und Rokoko, Munich, 1970, vol. II, ill. 391, 392 and 393 (for comparable feet).
A Viennese table of comparable shape was sold Sotheby's New York, November 18, 2010, lot 186.
The intricate leaf-ornaments and strapwork on this distinctive table relates it to several examples of Viennese Boulle furniture. The style seen on many of these works can be traced to the influence of ornamental print designs by Johann Eysler as well as Paul Decker the Elder (1677-1713), whose engravings exhibit the influence of Jean Berain the Elder (1661-1752) and Daniel Marot (1661-1752).
The Viennese court highly prized Boulle-work and employed Flemish and German craftsmen to produce it for their residences. One of the largest documented commissions was from Marie Christine, Princess of Salm (1655-1744), who discusses it in letters to her older brother, Leopold I, Holy Roman Emperor, King of Hungary, King of Bohemia (1640-1705). In the Hofburg Palace, Vienna, a desk commissioned by Leopold I and bearing his coat of arms, has closely related etched foliate strapwork and probably after etchings by Johann Eysler. It is thought to be the oldest documented example of Viennese Boulle furniture.
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