11495 A CARVED MAHOGANY NEOCLASSICAL CELLARETTE OF LARGE SCALE DESIGNED BY THOMAS HOPE, ILLUSTRATED IN PLATE IX OF HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE AND INTERIOR DECORATION English. Early Nineteenth Century. Measurements: Width: 32 7/8″ (83.4 cm) Height: 26 3/4” (68 cm) Depth: 22 5/8″ (57.5 cm) Depth including fist: 24 5/8” (62.5 cm).
Of mahogany. The hinged rectangular top with eared pediment to the front of opposing chimera at the center and carved acroterae at the corners on a body carved with paired amphorae and centered by a carved extended clenched right fist motif with replaced brass ring. One side fitted with a drawer. The whole resting on four plain rectangular block feet. Minor old repairs to veneer on lid.
The present massive cellarette was conceived by the preeminent Anglo-Dutch banker, collector, and designer, Thomas Hope (1769-1831), and illustrated in Plate IX of Household Furniture and Interior Decoration (1807) (figure 1). It is described as being “ornamented with amphorae and with figures, allusive to the liquid element.”
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