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Lot 364
A Cape stinkwood, yellowwood and bone-inlaid bible desk, 18th century
  • A Cape stinkwood, yellowwood and bone-inlaid bible desk, 18th century
  • A Cape stinkwood, yellowwood and bone-inlaid bible desk, 18th century

Lot Estimate
R 150 000 - 200 000
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About this Item

A Cape stinkwood, yellowwood and bone-inlaid bible desk, 18th century


the rectangular crossbanded top inlaid with half-fan paterae, the hinged fall-front inlaid with a pair of birds flanking a radiating circle within formal bands and inlaid stringing, enclosing a long drawer flanked by two pairs of short drawers above an open compartment, the lower half with a frieze drawer above a wave-shaped apron, on square-section chamfered legs, on outset feet, 102cm high, 98cm wide, 70cm deep

 

Provenance

Professor Robert Harold Compton (1886-1979) Director of the National Botanical Gardens at Kirstenbosch and Professor of Botany at the University of Cape Town from 1919-1953. The Compton Herbarium at Kirstenbosch Gardens was named in his honour.

Thence by descent to the current owner.


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