circa 1805 - 1815
A stunning early 19th century Regency period gilt ormolu mounted Rio rosewood breakfront side cabinet attributable to Messrs Elward, Marsh and Tatham of Mount Street, London.
The rosewood veneered top is fitted with the original gilt brass gallery. The edging is adorned with a rope twist moulding above a gilded thumbnail edge. The frieze is centred by a circular foliate mount encased within a rhombus shaped plaque with anthemion corners and laurel wreath mounts and ribbons. The pilasters that divide the glass doors are moulded with bold brass edging and topped and tailed with brass capitals.
The larger centre glazed door is flanked by two narrow glazed doors and the display cabinet is fitted with the original rosewood fronted shelves. The shelves are adjustable. The quarter cut rosewood veneers that surround the glazing are surmounted on a parcel gilt thumbnail moulding. The breakfront cabinet is raised on a vibrant rosewood veneered plinth base.
The ormolu-enriched display cabinet is designed in the French/Grecian fashion. Promoted around 1800 by George, Prince of Wales, later George IV, and by the connoisseur Thomas Hope (d. 1831).
The display cabinets laurel-wreathed frieze is a symbolic recall of the Grecian Choragic Monument of Thrasyllus (illustrated in J. Stuart and N. Revett's 'The Antiquities of Athens', 1762). The same ormolu-framed pillars feature on the Prince of Wales' satinwood desk that was supplied in 1811 for Carlton House, London by the Mount Street cabinet makers Messrs William Marsh and Thomas Tatham.
The bronze work may well have been executed by Alexis Decaix (d. 1811), the French bronze founder of Old Bond Street, who worked for the Prince and received praise in Thomas Hope's 'Household Furniture and Interior Decoration', 1807.
A pair of cabinets, similar in style to the one in our collection, made by Marsh and Tatham, featured in the Christie's catalogue illustrated here, Lot 402, Page 104.
Height 107.00cm (42.13 inches)
Width 152.50cm (60.04 inches)
Depth 40.50cm (15.94 inches)
Stock No: 11323