A late 19th/early 20th century Viennese enamelled, gilt metal and ebonised musical table cabinet

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Lot 23
A late 19th/early 20th century Viennese enamelled, gilt metal and ebonised musical table cabinet

£ 3,500 - 4,500
US$ 4,700 - 6,000
A late 19th/early 20th century Viennese enamelled, gilt metal and ebonised musical table cabinet
In the form of a cabinet organ, with arched pediment set with an enamelled panel depicting Leda and the Swan, the front with a pair of gilt metal doors and simulated organ pipes opening to reveal two drawers set with enamelled landscape panels, the sides and back set with panels depicting deities in pastoral scenes separated by gilt metal term pilasters, a single drawer below with similar enamel panels, raised on four compressed and annulated ball feet, the base housing a cylinder musical movement with 3.5cm cylinder playing a single air

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  • Provenance: From the collection of Bernard Nadal Baker (11 May 1854 – 20 December 1918) and thence by descent.

    Baker was a transatlantic shipping magnate from Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
    Descended from generations of wealthy Baltimore merchants and glass manufacturers, he realised the need for an American-owned transatlantic shipping company and established the Atlantic Transport Line (A.T.L.), shipping freight and livestock from Baltimore and Philadelphia. Baker quickly became the second-largest American steamship operator and, in 1892, he initiated the exclusively first class direct London to New York passenger service for which the A.T.L. became famous.

    Baker had gained an international reputation as an authority on shipping and was consulted by the U.S. Government on the Panama Canal and was one of the five members of the United States Shipping Board during World War I.

    In 1889, Baker built the 49 room Georgian mansion "Ingleside" in Catonsville, Maryland. He established a sizable collection with an emphasis on fine clocks and watches. A chair in chemistry at Johns Hopkins University and a World War II Baltimore-built Liberty Ship were named after him.
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