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An exceptional Gothic Revival ebony...

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Full title: An exceptional Gothic Revival ebony and rosewood cabinet, unknown workshop in the greater Ghent area, 19th C.

H 158 x L 108 x D 48 cm 

Magnificent historicism or Gothic Revival secretary-cabinet, made of ebony and rosewood, veneered and partly carved in relief, as well as inlays made of different precious woods. We also find marquetry made of engraved brass using the so-called Boulle technique.
The cabinet is composed of a straight, high-rectangular body, flanked by wide, sloping corner pilaster strips with female caryatids and lush flowers in raised relief on a wide frame made of rolled volutes and stylized paw feet with mascarons.  There are four secret doors on the side. The writing tablet on the front can be folded down and rest on the two doors beelow, with elaborate inlaid decoration made of different floral arrangements. Behind the doors are four drawers with a rich Boulle decoration of lavish leaf volutes, herms placed against each other and various putti.  Behind the central tablet however, we find the true beauty of this exceptional piece of furniture. Architecturally designed interior divisions with Gothic arches, inlaid coat of arms motifs and various noblemen and -women.

About this sale:
Paul De Grande is one of the major dealers of antique furniture, fine sculptures and decorative arts in Europe. In 1974, he moved to the Castle of Snellegem near Bruges.
From there, he catered to the rich and famous, important decorators and museums around the world.
Entering a new chapter, Paul has decided it is time to part with his private collection and part of his trade stock. This sale presents a unique opportunity to clinch a piece of this wonderful personality's history.
Paul's main focus has always been on Renaissance sculpture, French and Italian furniture and pieces of museal quality.
He has had sales with Christies and Sotheby's in the past. He's also an important personality on various Belgian tv shows.

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