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Wick Antiques Ltd
Flag of United KingdomHampshire, UK
Wick Antiques was established by Charles Wallrock in the early 1980s. Having grown up in the Antiques world Charles developed an extensive wealth of knowledge. Starting out as a ‘man with a van’ he quickly gained a good reputation and embarked on a longstanding relationship with Harrods. He was later joined by his wife, Caroline Wallrock. Caroline having completed a Persian degree, went on to study at Christie’s fine art and then joined Sotheby’s specializing in Islamic and Japanese works of art, as well as taking the occasional auction. Together they make a formidable team with extensive knowledge and buy and sell some of the best items on the market.
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Important Orientalist Exhibition Cabinet c.1860

REF: LA452699
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Certified DealerApproved listing354 sales by dealer
Certified DealerApproved listing354 sales by dealer
Description
This spectacular cabinet in the Orientalist taste is made from padouk, mahogany and rosewood inlaid in mother- of-pearl and ebony with brass stringing. The main body has two banks of cupboards, drawers and dummy drawers on either side of a wide disguised drawer which pulls out to reveal a baize-lined reading slope. Below this is fall- front secretaire compartment in a variety of striking North European burr-cut and plain birch woods, fitted with a central glass-fronted box below a triangular pediment, two pigeon holes and various small drawers, two with mirrored fronts. The central box pulls out to reveal two banks of six secret drawers, the fall is lined with a tooled leather folio wallet. The whole is surmounted by five small cupboards and three disguised drawers topped by a stepped pagoda hung with bells and guarded by crouching dragons, all raised on a plinth with grotesque lion-dog feet. The ornate decoration comprises a pair of swans and a vase of flowers above a bell dated 1860, high relief carved figures of Chinese deities, auspicious birds, a variety of formal geometric borders, strapwork and ogee lock escutcheons, the drawers and cupboards are lined in a variety of different woods. European. The provenance of this extraordinary piece is proving elusive to establish. Its size, complexity and superb craftsmanship would suggest a royal commission or an international exhibition entry. It has been variously described as French, produced by the great Orientalist Gabriel Viardot, Viennese and North German. Our researches are continuing, but whatever the outcome there is no denying that this a unique and magnificent masterpiece. Ivory License Number: 4BLVKR2S
measurements
Height:
170 in
Width:
108 in
Depth:
19 in
declaration
Wick Antiques Ltd has clarified that the Important Orientalist Exhibition Cabinet c.1860 (LA452699) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being c.1860
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location
This Important Orientalist Exhibition Cabinet c.1860 is located in Hampshire, United Kingdom

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