Monumental cabinet in molded, carved, painted... - Lot 29 - De Baecque et Associés

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Monumental cabinet in molded, carved, painted... - Lot 29 - De Baecque et Associés
Monumental cabinet in molded, carved, painted and silvered painted wood, with a curved front and sides, opening to two leaves and two drawers, decorated with cartouches, rocaille, garlands of flowers and palms. Probably surrounded by Johann Christian Hoppenhaupt (1719-1785). Germany, probably Posdam, circa 1750-1760. H. 248 cm - W. 210 cm - D. 70 cm PFD Provenance : Former Fischer-Boehler Gallery, Munich, private collection, Germany, sale Zurich, Koller, June 18, 2009, lot 1070. The Parisian rocaille style spread to Germany during the 18th century thanks to the engravings of François de Cuvilliés (1695-1768). Cuvilliés intensified the style's distinctive features, moving it towards a more unbridled style, accentuating asymmetrical curves and developing more jagged models by cutting out more of the motifs' contours. His numerous engravings flooded the market in the mid-18th century, so that a large number of German sculptors adopted a very characteristic type of decoration, found notably in Johann August Nahl (1710-1781) and his pupils, the brothers Johann Michael (1709-1755) and Johann Christian Hoppenhaupt (1719-1785). This style spread throughout Germany in the second third of the 18th century. It flourished in the south, around Munich, notably in the Amalienburg Pavilion at Schloss Nymphenburg. Decorated by Cuvilés and the painter and sculptor Johann Baptist Zimmermann (1680-1758), the round hall of mirrors is entirely decorated with a profusion of silver Rococo motifs on a blue background. The same spirit can also be found in Prussia, particularly in Potsdam's New Palace at Sanssouci, many of whose rooms are decorated in silver on a white background. The Haupenhaupt brothers were the main sculptors of both woodwork and furniture. Johan Christian created a number of furniture models, which he had engraved and published in a style entirely comparable to the armoire shown here. In this respect, he is a plausible attribution for this cabinet. Many similar pieces of furniture are still preserved at the Nouveau Palaus (see G. Streidt and P. Feierabend, Prussia, art and architecture, Oldenburg, 1999), others are published in P. Meister and H. Jedding, Les beaux meubles au fil des siècles, Heidelberg, 1958.
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