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Sale 284 Lot 1
Sold for US$40,000
Regency bronze and burl-yew inkstand, Alexis Decaix circa 1805, bronzes attributed to Alexis Decaix (British, active 1778-1811), the inkstand possibly supplied by Dupasquier; hinged top and bull's-head cornucopia, flanked by pair kneeling Egyptian priestesses holding incense burners with pierced removable tops; above highly-figured yew case with long drawer and lion's-mask pull; on paw feet headed by scrolls; H11" W17 1/2" D9"
Provenance: Millicent Rogers
Estate of Arturo Peralta Ramos II
Other Notes: The same inkstand model, but with an 'ormoulu' garniture was acquired in 1810 by George, Prince of Wales, later George IV. It was illustrated in the 'Jutsham' pictorial ledger for the contents of Carlton House, and noted as being purchased from 'Dupasquier' (H. Clifford Smith, Buckingham Palace, London, 1931, p.203 and pl.236). A related bronze figural inkstand was acquired by the Prince and listed by the court goldsmith Thomas Garrard in his ledger of 21 June 1803, as 'an inkstand of yew Tree with female figure in bronze holding cornucopia' (M. Levy, 'Taking up the Pen', Country Life, 23 April 1992, pp.60-62).
The French patterned monopodia is also featured on clocks, such as that by the Parisian ébeniste Martin-Eloy Lignereux (see also Lot 410 in this sale). However, this inkstand's bronzes are likely to have been executed by Alexis Decaix 'bronze and ormolie [sic.] manufacturer' of Rupert Street, who invoiced the Prince of Wales for 'bronze manufacturers' in April 1803.
Other inkstands of this pattern, but with ormolu rhyton and undecorated altars, were sold anonymously, Christie's South Kensington, 25 October 1989, Lot 249; and The Humphrey Whitbread Collection, Christie's-London, 5 April 2001, Lot 384.
Illustrated in 1940 photograph at Claremont Manor, James River, Virginia
Estimate $ 5,000-8,000
Condition statement: Overall in good condition considering age. Minor old repairs and restorations to veneer and clipped corners to case.
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