The Kingly Treasures Auction 2014

December 29,2014 | 02:00 PM
G/F Eurovilla 1, Rufino corner Legazpi Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City, Philippines

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  (2nd Quarter of 19th Century)

Carved Kamagong Cabinet

Boxwood and Kamagon
H: 73 1/2” x L: 50 1/2” x W: 21” (187 cm x 128 cm x 53 cm)


PHP 600,000

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Manila

This very rare and unusual cabinet used in its construction both boxwood and the kamagong variety called bulong aeta, which is seldom all black. Philippine furniture utilizing boxwood is very rare and, in fact, only three other pieces of the same material, but of different types from the one above, is known to exist in private collections. This two-door cabinet has rounded corners all the way up to the top and stands on turned, spittoon-vase shaped feet. The entire aparador is made of boxwood, except for the paneled doors and the thin architrave, which are of kamagong. The two doors, framed in kamagong, are composed of narrow planks of bulong aeta that have carefully been joined together so as to appear like a seamless slab. Each door is carved with a raised oblong panel with lobed corners, embellished with line-inlay of kamagong all along the border. The same design is line-inlaid on the sides of the cabinet and on the rounded corners on either side of the doors.
The flat and narrow architrave molding in kamagong above the doors is inlaid in front and on the sides with a row of small, boxwood discs within two lines of the same wood. A concave frieze carved with a meandering pattern of stylized Chinese roses and buds emanating from a slim cornucopia decorate the front and sides of the cabinet. This carved frieze running around the top is probably unique in the country.

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