Thursday, 2 October 2008

Motif oprerandi

Lot No 131
Continental Neoclassical Fruitwood Center Table, mid-19th century, the circular top raised on a carved dolphin- form standard to a shaped four-part base, h. 31", dia. 41".

Lot No 9
Attractive English Regency Carved Giltwood Convex Looking Glass of Small Size, first quarter 19th century, the inner molding in "Greek Key" decor, the cresting modeled as a dolphin resting its chin on a rocky crag, the basal finial a pair of addorsed and entwined giltwood dolphins, the plate tastefully disintegrated, h. 35", w. 19".

Lot No 970
Pair of Empire-Style Ebonized and Gilt Sidechairs, late 19th century, each with a rounded paneled back above a dolphin-carved splat, the padded seat flanked by gilt imbricate-carved side rails, raised on saber legs, h. 34".

All lots from New Orleans Auction Galleries, Inc.

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An Aesthete's Lament said...

What do you think about the chairs? I love the back but not the side rails of the seat.

The House of Beauty and Culture said...

Originally I thought the same, but then I thought with black seats they would be perfect.

Pigtown-Design said...

hate the sides.

An Aesthete's Lament said...

Black horsehair seats? Perhaps then ...

The House of Beauty and Culture said...


pigtown - now, don't hold back, tell me what you really think...-)

Easy and Elegant Life said...

I've always loved the dolphin motif. Figured it was part of my Greek heritage. But, I think of it as an Oriental design. Interesting to see it used here, in this way.

Not sure I like the sides of the chairs either. But, then, straight sides really would make them more predictable.