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    Description

    A Continental Miniature Palace Model

    Unknown maker, possibly France
    Late 19th through 20th century
    Wood, lampwork glass, ivory, alabaster, paper, fabric, paint and electric lights
    Unmarked
    29 inches high x 27 inches wide x 12 inches deep

    Comprising elements of various ages, some possibly late 18th century "verre de Nevers;" an elliptical two-story building with blue and gold façade and terraces fitted with miniature figures, furniture, and accessories including electric lights; the entire raised on conforming satinwood-inlaid rosewood plinth with four bunn feet.

    The upper terrace with a rural fantasy of peasant life incorporating a windmill, house and landscape with lampwork glass figures of three humans in domestic pursuits, sheep, goat, rabbit, ducks, dog, and birds; the two mezzanine terraces with glass items including vases of flowers and pitcher; the interior of the upper floor with mirrored floor to simulate a multi-fountain-fed pool with three nude female bathers; the flanking terraces on the upper floor fitted with glass items including a strolling gentleman looking at the bathers; the colonnaded lower level fitted with alabaster clock, steps and flooring and furnished with carved and pierced ivory furniture for the twenty figures therein.

    The entire model now housed in a custom-fitted case comprising an acrylic rectangular dome and a conforming travertine base with engraved brass plate: "Miniature Glass Palace/In Part Nevers/c. 1875-1900".

    Provenance:
    Sotheby's (12/04/1985)

    Exhibited:
    Nana Lobby, 27th Floor, the Hilton Anatole until 2001



    Condition Report*: Normal signs of wear as appropriate with age. Previously restored. Some figures and urns have fallen.
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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    October, 2007
    13th Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
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