Mallett is one of the oldest established antique dealers in the world, specializing in the finest pieces of furniture and works of art, including pictures, clocks, and other high-quality objets d’art, primarily from the 18th century and Regency periods. For over 100 years Mallett has been sourcing important antiques with impeccable provenance for private collectors and the great museums of the world, including the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Andrew Ogletree, Assistant Vice President and Head of Sales in the Mallett New York Gallery, and Justin Evershed-Martin, Director, highlight the following three items:
English tapestries of the eighteenth century are commonly known by the generic title of Soho tapestries, as opposed to those of the 17th century which were mostly woven in Mortlake. An integral part of domestic decoration in the grandest house for centuries the fashion began to wane towards the mid-eighteenth century and the textiles created in and around Soho between 1700 and c 1740 represent a last highpoint of the craft in England.
As with most English furniture contemporary to the tapestry, few pieces were signed, and it is often hard to distinguish between the different workshops. This tapestry is one of a series that is important primarily for its quality but also for the homogeneity of the pieces and the ability to ascribe them all to one prominent weaver, Joshua Morris, whose signature appears on several examples.
An early 19th-century bronze and ormolu night clock, the enamel face signed Bofenschen a Paris with Roman numerals set into a classical vase with lions head handles the reverse with glass projection lens, the main body with ormolu ornamentation supported on a bronze plinth with large ormolu starburst.
This very unusual clock is designed to be used both during the day and at night. The vase contains an oil reserve and wick that can be lit at night which projects the time through an adjustable lens in the reverse. The gilded finial is removed to act as a chimney for the flame.
Bofenschen was an expert clockmaker and inventor who flourished in Paris between 1780 when he was first recorded and 1813 when he was last recorded working in the Rue de Temple during which time he worked alongside arguably the greatest of all French horologists Abraham Louis Breguet (1747-1823).
Carina is an elegant marble dining table, sitting up to twelve guests, designed by Klauser & Carpenter. The table blends the fluid aesthetic of maritime architecture with the sculptural purity of classic Carrara marble. The fusion of these two opposed natural elements, water, and stone, graces Carina with a poised and serene sense of poetry.
Mallett Antiques will be at booth #33