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Lot No. 203 +


A Large, Impressive Writing Cabinet


with central locking mechanism, the Baltics, first quarter of the 19th century, mahogany veneered hardwood and softwood frame in free-standing design, lower part with 4 large and 10 small drawers, which can only be opened when the uppermost central drawer is open (locking mechanism), desk-like writing element with 3 drawers underneath, with extensible shelf with black gold-punctured leather inlay, folding and lockable writing desk with matching leather writing surface (lockable), this writing desk area is flanked by 2 outer doors - these can be opened with brass knobs attached laterally inside the writing desk (spring-loaded mechanism), 3 interior drawers in each, pull-out boards on both sides with black gold-punctured leather inlays, extensible shelf on the back, brass gallery, c. 118 x 164 x 78 cm, signs of age and use with fissures to the side. (DOC)

Provenance:
formerly Rochecotte Castle in France (Indre-et-Loire); Duchess of Sagan (also known in France as Duchesse de Dino) -

came from Courland nobility and was married to the nephew of Napoleon’s foreign minister Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand (but was famous for her relationship with his uncle); she acquired the castle for herself in 1828. The present piece of furniture was probably part of its inventory.

Specialist: Alexander Doczy Alexander Doczy
+43-1-515 60-302

alexander.doczy@dorotheum.at

27.04.2021 - 15:07

Starting bid:
EUR 12,000.-

A Large, Impressive Writing Cabinet


with central locking mechanism, the Baltics, first quarter of the 19th century, mahogany veneered hardwood and softwood frame in free-standing design, lower part with 4 large and 10 small drawers, which can only be opened when the uppermost central drawer is open (locking mechanism), desk-like writing element with 3 drawers underneath, with extensible shelf with black gold-punctured leather inlay, folding and lockable writing desk with matching leather writing surface (lockable), this writing desk area is flanked by 2 outer doors - these can be opened with brass knobs attached laterally inside the writing desk (spring-loaded mechanism), 3 interior drawers in each, pull-out boards on both sides with black gold-punctured leather inlays, extensible shelf on the back, brass gallery, c. 118 x 164 x 78 cm, signs of age and use with fissures to the side. (DOC)

Provenance:
formerly Rochecotte Castle in France (Indre-et-Loire); Duchess of Sagan (also known in France as Duchesse de Dino) -

came from Courland nobility and was married to the nephew of Napoleon’s foreign minister Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand (but was famous for her relationship with his uncle); she acquired the castle for herself in 1828. The present piece of furniture was probably part of its inventory.

Specialist: Alexander Doczy Alexander Doczy
+43-1-515 60-302

alexander.doczy@dorotheum.at


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Auction: L’Art de Vivre - Collection Dr. Alain Gruber
Date: 27.04.2021 - 15:07
Location: Vienna | Palais Dorotheum
Exhibition: online