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Clément Mère

Pair of Cabinets

Estimate:

30,000

to
- 50,000 USD

Property from the Collection of Dr. Stephen E. Kelly

Clément Mère

Clément Mère

Pair of Cabinets

Pair of Cabinets

Estimate:

30,000

to
- 50,000 USD

Lot sold:

25,200

USD

Property from the Collection of Dr. Stephen E. Kelly

Clément Mère

Pair of Cabinets


circa 1920

together with two original keys

lacquered wood, ivorine, with a silk-lined interior

35 1/2 in. (90.1 cm) high each

12 in. (30.4 cm) diameter each

Overall in very good condition. This beautiful pair of red lacquered cabinets by Clément Mère are exceptional examples of the artist’s delicate and refined approach to cabinetmaking. The lacquered surfaces are in very well-preserved condition overall and present with faint surface scratches, indentations and very minimal edge abrasions and some very minor flaking to the lacquer concentrated to the top of the cabinets. The lacquer presents with evidence of scattered and isolated areas of inpainting throughout which are not visually distracting. Each cabinet is enhanced with round marble tops with superb veining and colors. The marble presents with extremely fine and stable hairlines. One cabinet with a slightly more pronounced hairline with evidence of later accompanying restoration which is not visually distracting and measures approximately 8 inches long. The ivory elements have recently been professionally replaced with ivorine by an experienced conservator, and faithfully replicate the original patterns, texture and relief decorations of the original friezes with exceptional detail. This lot is offered with two period keys in functional condition.


In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

Tajan Monaco, December 16, 1978, lot 322
Gunter Sachs
Sotheby's London, The Gunter Sachs Collection, May 23, 2012, lot 193
Private Collection, Paris
Sotheby's Paris, May 22, 2013, lot 36
Acquired from the above
Passions Privée: Collections Particulières d'Art Moderne et Contemporain en France, 1995-1996, exh. cat., Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, p. 441 (for the present lot in the apartment of Gunter Sachs)