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A Victorian Tortoiseshell Table Cabinet

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A Victorian Tortoiseshell Table Cabinet

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.


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.

Dutch private collection at least since the early 20th century
Ca. 1830
The silver marked for James Collins, Birmingham, 1830
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
€ 95000