A pair of Spanish ormolu-mounted tortoiseshell, ebony and ebonished cabinets-on-stands. The cabinets late 17th century-early 18th century, yje stands late 19th century. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd., 2011
Each with galleried pediment above ten drawers about a central hinged niche flanked by Solomonic columns, enclosing a fitted compartment with central architectural panel flanked by mirrors, on claw-and-ball feet, one marked to the reverse 'Galart' in ink, the pediments, feet and some mounts 19th century additions; the stands each with three faux-drawers on six spirally-turned legs joined by conforming stretchers
The cabinets: 41½ in. (105.5 cm.) high; 56¼ in. (143 cm.) wide; 17½ in. (44.5 cm.) deep
The stands: 34¾ in. (88 cm.) high; 63¾ (162 cm.) wide; 21¼ in. (54 cm.) deep (2)
Estimate £30,000 - £50,000 ($47,850 - $79,750)
Notes: The cabinet on stand, with all its many variations became fashionable throughout Europe from the early 16th century, until falling from favor during the middle decades of the 18th century; there were many regional variations, such as the related ebony cabinets with their bas-relief panels being produced in Paris or the examples being produced at Florence with exuberant pietra dure panels from the Medici workshops, however the design of the present lot with its rich ormolu mounts and tortoiseshell veneers set in a ebony ripple-moulded frame is typical of the work being produced not only in Spain but elsewhere in the Spanish empire at Naples and Antwerp during the 17th Century. This design of cabinet came to favor in Spain in the mid-17th century with the steady flow of fashions and émigré craftsmen from Germany and the low countries, and gradually superseded the earlier and more specifically Spanish form of cabinet on stand the vargueño.
A related Spanish cabinet on stand is illustrated and discussed, Helena Hayward ed., World Furniture, Feltham, 1965, p.103, fig. 358, a further related cabinet was sold, European Noble and Private collections, Christie's Amsterdam, 14-16 February 2006, lot 23.
Christie's. From the distinguished decorator's houses in Madrid and Trujillo, Spain,, 20 - 21 July 2011, London, South Kensington www..christies.com