American Renaissance parcel-gilt, carved, inlaid and ebonized bedstead commissioned for the First Floor Master Bedroom of the Milton Slocum Latham residence, Thurlow Lodge, Menlo Park, California executed by Herter Brothers, New York circa 1872
Beeldenkast, Niederländisch, um 1610-20 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Leihgabe: - Materialuntersuchung - Untersuchung der Authentizität - Zustandsuntersuchung - Reinigung - Festigung - Ergänzung von fehlenden Profilstäben
Dresser, Second half of the 15th century, France. Oak, copper, iron; carved, painted and gilt. Altered and embellished in the 19th century. Undoubtedly authentic are the carving on the central panel under the cornice showing St Barbara, St Mary Magdalene and St Catherine, and the scenes of the Annunciation and Adoration of the Magi on the cupboard doors, as well as the ornamental carving which combines elements of Gothic and Renaissance patterns.
The artistry and architecture of this museum-quality artifact are in a word ~ extraordinary! Sculpted from select French walnut, it features a different bellicose theme on each of six panels above, below and on each side. Elaborately carved drawer tier is punctuated by acanthus plume corbels that rest atop tapered and fluted columns fitted with doric capitals. The upper tier is a continuation of the architecture and embellishment with emphasis on the superlative. Truly an instant keepsake!