A fine Louis XV style gilt bronze mounted kingwood bureau plat
after a model by Gaudreaus
possibly by Henry Dasson
fourth quarter 19th century
The brass banded serpentine top with an inset gilt embossed leather writing surface over a frieze drawer flanked by cabinet doors opening to three drawers inlaid sans traverse with a coronet above fleur de lys. Overall decorated with mounts exuberantly cast as ribbon tied acanthus and floral vines suspending portrait medallions and coins cast with Classical figures raised on cabriole legs with ram's heads at the knees and volute toes, the sides mounted with a medallion of Athena, the reverse faux drawer mounted with a mask of a Classic beauty.
height 33in (84cm); width 68in (172cm); depth 38in (97cm)