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A Victorian Tortoiseshell Table Cabinet



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Title
A Victorian Tortoiseshell Table Cabinet
Description

This rectangular table cabinet with domed lid opens up to a silk lined compartment. The inside of the doors have mirrors and the interior reveals drawers and compartments overall inlaid with mother-of-pearl birds and flowers. One drawer contains sewing tools. The lower drawer has a removable writing desk including two inkwells with silver mounts.
The sides of the cabinet each have a different panel: one depicting a lion below a basket of fruit resting on scrolling foliage surrounded by foliage, flowers and a butterfly, the other with a vase comprising foliage and flowers flanked by two phoenixes, the back with a large panel of foliage, flowers, a butterfly and a phoenix, the top depicting a beehive, a putto playing a trumpet, a cornucopia and three peacocks surrounded by foliage and flowers, the body flanked at the four corners by columns with ivory rings and topped by acorn shaped mother-of-pearl finials, all on bracket feet.

Literature

For a closely related table cabinet from the collection of Henry Charles, 13th Duke of Norfolk, see:
Sale Sotheby's, London, Treasures, 8 July 2015, lot 42, illustrated.

Category
Origin
Dutch private collection at least since the early 20th century
Period
Ca. 1830
Signature
The silver marked for James Collins, Birmingham, 1830
Dimensions
53.30 cm. H x 57.20 cm. W x 46.00 cm. D
20.98 in. H x 22.52 in. W x 18.11 in. D
Price
€ 95000
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