September 25, 2013 10:00 EDT

The Collection of Robert & Barbara Safford

 
 

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Very fine gilt metal mounted Meissen porcelain and giltwood secretaire cabinet
circa 1880

Of architectural form and in two sections, the tiered top with baluster gallery, one single short drawer and two drawers to the sides, above long frieze drawer, and two panelled cupboard doors flanked by two full porcelain columns, opening to a long drawer over a secret four-sided rotating unit comprising a bank of three drawers, four figures emblematic of the seasons set into niches on another side, on the remaining sides a coat of arms of Saxony and a mirror, with two full floral-encrusted columns between, the lower section with porcelain inset sliding section above frieze drawer, above two panelled cupboard doors interspersed with three full columns, raised on plinth base with porcelain bun feet.

H: 71 1/2, W: 41, D: 19 in.

Provenance: Formerly the property of iconic Mexican actrees Maria Félix..

Sold for $254,500
Estimated at $40,000 - $60,000


 

Of architectural form and in two sections, the tiered top with baluster gallery, one single short drawer and two drawers to the sides, above long frieze drawer, and two panelled cupboard doors flanked by two full porcelain columns, opening to a long drawer over a secret four-sided rotating unit comprising a bank of three drawers, four figures emblematic of the seasons set into niches on another side, on the remaining sides a coat of arms of Saxony and a mirror, with two full floral-encrusted columns between, the lower section with porcelain inset sliding section above frieze drawer, above two panelled cupboard doors interspersed with three full columns, raised on plinth base with porcelain bun feet.

H: 71 1/2, W: 41, D: 19 in.

Provenance: Formerly the property of iconic Mexican actrees Maria Félix..

The cabinet is inset all over with exquisitely painted porcelain plaques that are variously painted to show landscapes, portraits, seascapes, floral still lifes and genre scenes derived from paintings by Teniers, Frans de Paula Ferg, Vernet, Nicolas de Largillière and others.

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