German Augsburg marquetry cabinet sells for $201,500


2015-06-26 13:40:11


German Augsburg marquetry cabinet sells for $201,500

The marquetry cabinet was made in Augsburg, Germany in the 16th/17th century

A marquetry cabinet produced in Augsburg, Germany in the late 16th or early 17th century has auctioned for $201,398 at Sotheby's Paris.

The lot headlined the Curioiste: Un Regard Moderne auction on March 26, exceedingthe $49,728 estimate by 305%.

Augsburg cabinet Sotheby's ParisThe cabinet was produced in Augsburg, Germany in the late 16th or early 17th century

The piece was designedas a wunderkammer or cabinet of curiosities, and features the elaborate marquetry typical of contemporary works from the Augsburg region.

It is decorated with hunting motifs inlaid in walnut wood and has been kept in exceptional condition.

Serenite de Brunon (1954), a painting by abstract expressionist Georges Mathieu (1921-2012), made $86,029.

Mathieu was a shameless self-publicist known as much for his eccentric manner as for his work.

He regularly appeared on TV in France where he painted to music. He was capable of producing large canvases and frescos at an exceptional speed.

His record was set in June last year when The Abduction of Henri IV by Archbishop Anno of Cologne (1958) made $1.5m at Sotheby's Paris.

A pair of lead candelabras that were most probably produced in Germany in the 19th century made $68,215 against a $24,800 estimate - an increase of 175%.

We have a stunning selection of antiques available, including this rare Holland & Sons card table produced in around 1860.

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