F.J.B. Watson, The Wrightsman Collection, New York, 1966, vol. II, p. 374, no. 191A and B.
This model of chenets with chinoiserie figures enjoyed immense popularity in the 18th entury and various variations on the present theme exist-see for example the pair in the Wrightsman Collection, op. cit., p. 374.
A consignment of furniture was sent from the French Court to M. le comte de Woronzow, Vice Chancelier de S.M.I. de Russie, in 1758 included `un feu représentant de grand chinois avec ornemans de bronze cisélé et doré d'or moulu....760 l.'
A very similar pair was sold as lot 278, in these Rooms, 28th November -8th december 1989 and also see lot 88, sold Christie's, London, 5th July 2001.
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