PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF CHARLES AND ROSE WOHLSTETTER, LOT 260
in two parts; the upper section with an arched pediment above a pair of mirrored cupboard doors flanked and centered by ormolu and mirror columns with Corinthian capitols, the interior with arched pigeon holes above an arrangement of drawers and folio slides centered by a cupboard door further fitted with drawers, the lower section with a fall front opening to drawers and pigeon holes, the top right drawer fitted with an ink and sand pot above an arched kneehole with four drawers flanked by banks of four drawers, upon bracket feet.
Probably commissioned by Frederick Augustus I, (1670-1733) Elector of Saxony from 1694 to 1733 and later King of Poland 1697-1706 and again 1709-1733 or by his son Augustus III (1696-1763) Elector of Saxony 1733 to 1763, and also King of Poland 1734 to 1763
G. Haase Dresdener Möbel, Leipzig, 1983, p. 285, fig. 84.
J. Hayward, A pair of walnut Bureaux made in Dresden, in Connoisseur, February, 1962, p. 54 and 55.
This bureau cabinet almost certainly belongs to a group probably executed for the King of Saxony in the English manner. A comparable cabinet with similar glass pilasters flanking the mirrored doors appears to have been presented to the Saxon court in 1727 by Dresden glass maker, Erich Nicolas Noor to boast his glass making talents.
An almost identical pair of cabinets formerly in the Chrysler collection (Walter P. Chrysler Jr, sold, Parke Bernet Galleries, New York, May 6 and 7, 1960, lots 543 and 544) was offered, Christie's, London, July 7, 2005, lot 401. Another almost identical cabinet sold, Christie’s, London, June 20, 1974, lot 129 is stenciled twice with a crowned A in red and the inventory number H.Inv.1016 and a partial inventory label inscribed (H)aus Inventar (Resi)denz-Schloss (?)burg. These inventory marks indicate that this group of bookcases was made for the Saxon Royal family.
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