East Meets West in this George III Japanned Secretaire

This George III secretaire is decorated with japanning of an unusual character and is set with unique English glit-brass mounts commemorating the “Great Comet” of 1811.

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The taste for Chinoiserie, which had been prevalent earlier in the eighteenth century, was revitalized in its final decade by George Prince of Wales, the future George IV, whose extraordinary interior schemes at his London residence Carlton House and his seaside home, the Brighton Pavilion, did much to return this taste to prominence.1 This was especially so in the realm of furniture, where the European version of the process of oriental lacquering known as Japanning saw a resurgence in popularity.

A RARE FRENCH RESTORATION COFFRE DE MARIAGE, DECORATED WITH GILDED PAPER, SILK AND PANELS OF PEINTURE SOUS VERRE INVERSÉ INCLUDING FIVE SCENES FROM THE STORY OF PAUL ET VIRGINIE

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Carlton Hobbs LLC

The tradition of the presentation of a wedding chest exists in a number of cultures. In Europe an example is the Italian cassone, a large and elaborately decorated coffer filled with the bride’s possessions, which would be gifted to the newlywed by her parents. The tradition was also pronounced in France, although by the nineteenth century it was more usual for the coffre de mariage to be given to the wife by her new husband. This is the purpose for which the present piece was made.

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A BAROQUE ROMAN FALDISTORIO

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This large folding x-frame stool typifies the dynamic sculptural furniture creations made in Rome during the 17th and early 18th century. Imbued with a fluid sense of movement, the stool recalls Roman giltwood palace furniture made in the late baroque period.

Detail. Carlton Hobbs LLC.

Detail. Carlton Hobbs LLC.

Six Topgraphical Watercolor Views of Spain, Italy, South America and the Islands in the Indian Ocean

"View of Christmas Sound." Carlton Hobbs LLC.

“View of Christmas Sound.” Carlton Hobbs LLC.

The present set of six topographical views are accomplished watercolor renderings of scenes from across the globe, taken from various 18th century collections of engravings that illustrated travels throughout Europe and explorative voyages of distant lands. A caption below each image describes the view; four are in Dutch while two are in French. These vedute also bear leafs of paper with extensive notations in Dutch, and occasionally French, on the reverse describing each location, and  appear to have originally belonged to a larger series forming an unusual amateur atlas. “The identity of the artist is unknown, but it seems likely that he was a Dutchman of some means who owned or had access to a collection of the most important accounts of 18th century travel.”

A VERY LARGE AND RARE MARQUETRY PANEL AND FRAME SIGNED BY FRANCESCO ABBIATI DEPICTING THE ASCENT TO CALVARY

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This magnificent inlaid panel, being the tenth known signed work by Francesco Abbiati (fl. c. 1780-c. 1828), is an important addition to the known oeuvre of this Lombard-born intarsiatore, who was active in Rome in the last twenty years of the eighteenth century.

An Unusual Pair of Carved Birds Eye Maple Aesthetic Period Armchairs, Possibly by Pottier & Stymus

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This unusual pair of armchairs , circa 1870, is an example of Aesthetic movement design of the 1870s and 1880s, which “emphasized art in the production of furniture, metalwork, ceramics, stained glass, textiles, wallpapers, and books.” Common characteristics in Aesthetic furnishings during this period were exotic ornament, motifs featuring elements found in nature, and decorative inlays and gilt highlights. At this time New York “was considered the style center of America,” and one firm who enjoyed great success in this genre was Pottier & Stymus.

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Carlton Hobbs LLC, detail.

A Spectacular Pair of Minton Majolica Jardinieres on Elephant-Form Tripod Pedestals, with Decoration Designed by Christopher Dresser

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In the last decade of the 18th century, several events transpired which changed the face of the English pottery industry. The death of leading industrialist Josiah Wedgwood in 1795 marked the end of his firm’s domination in the field, making room for a new market leader. Additionally, Josiah Spode II, who had taken over the Spode company upon his father’s death in 1797, successfully developed and marketed bone china, a material that “was to supersede all the variants of soft paste and hard paste wares developed in the eighteenth century.”1 It was also around 1796 that Thomas Minton founded his eponymous workshop.

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A Rare Confectioner’s Scale Model of the Parthenon Temple at the Acropolis, Athens

New York City. September 23rd, 2014.

LES TIRAILLEURS ALGERIENS

This near-life size 19th century hand-colored lithograph depicts a Tirailleur Algérian (Algerian sharphooter), a light infantryman of the Armée d’Afrique, which was developed by the French during the colonization of North Africa.

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The tirailleurs were officially created under the Second Empire in 1855 and were predominantly made up of native servicemen. The soldiers wore Zouave-style uniforms refered to as tenue oriental (Oriental dress), which comprised a blue jacket with yellow braiding worn over a sleeveless vest, blue harem trousers, a red sash at the waist and a fez or turban worn on the head. Algerian tirailleurs served in the Crimean war, the Second Italian War of Independence, the second Franco-Mexican war, and the Franco-Prussian War, as well as colonial campaigns in North Africa. They acquired the nickname Turcos (Turks) during the Crimean war, by which they were widely known over the following century. Figure 1 depicts a late 19th century photograph of a group of Tirailleur Algérians. 

A FINE AND LARGE SPECIMEN MARBLE AND HARDSTONE TABLE TOP CENTERED BY AN ARMORIAL MICROMOSAIC RONDEL, POSSIBLY BY VINCENZO RAFAELLI

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The present tabletop is a particularly fine example of the superlative effect created by the combination of fine stone inlay and micromosaic.  Although both techniques are associated with Roman workshops, it is not until the mid nineteenth century that they are combined on tabletops, and even then such examples remain rare. It has been posited that this top could be the work of Vincenzo Raffaelli (1783-1865), son of the most famous Roman worker of micro-mosaics, Giacomo Raffaelli, who is credited with taking the art form to renewed levels of complexity in the late-eighteenth century, carefully refining the range of colors and decreasing the size of the minute tiles (tessarae) used. Hot enamel of varied color, was pulled to form long strands and then cut into tiny pieces to make tesserae of the kind seen in the central panel of the present piece. The most complex works in micromosaic contained “more than 5,000 tesserae per square inch” and would take several years to complete. Although Giacomo died in 1836, Vincenzo continued his father’s workshop successfully into the mid nineteenth century, the period from which the present tabletop dates.