A Louis XV style gilt bronze and brass inlaid ebonized bureau plat <BR />fourth quarter 19th century
Lot 1243W
A Louis XV style gilt bronze and brass inlaid ebonized bureau plat
fourth quarter 19th century
Sold for US$ 22,500 inc. premium
Lot Details
Property of the Dalseme Family Trust, Southern California
A Louis XV style gilt bronze and brass inlaid ebonized bureau plat
fourth quarter 19th century
The rectangular top with a black gilt-tooled leather writing surface above three frieze drawers and three simulated drawers to the reverse, each side mounted with a mask of Poseidon, inlaid overall with arabesque foliage, the cabriole legs headed with chutes in the form of feminine busts, terminating in paw sabots, one chute bearing signature F. Linke, numerous mounts stamped to the reverse BF and numbered 162 or 92.
height 31 1/2in (80cm); width 61in (155cm); depth 33 1/2in (85cm)

Footnotes

  • Although the mark BF appears occasionally on the reverse of gilt bronze mounts from the late 19th century (e.g. Koller Zurich, 31 March 2011, lot 1327), the identity of this maker is as yet unknown. The quality of the casting and gilding of the mounts on the present bureau plat, however, indicate the work of an accomplished professional, who undoubtedly possessed his own models.

    This bureau plat is similar to several models produced by André Charles Boulle (1642-1732), without being an exact copy of any of them: for example, the Bureau du président de Machault, (sold Sotheby's New York, 20 May 1994, lot 80), or the Bureau des princes de Condé (Château de Versailles, inv. no. V1515). It shares their general form, including the low-hanging bail handle on the center drawer and the scrolling elements to the knees of the legs with caryatid mounts, but the present bureau has a lighter, more eighteenth-century aspect, with higher legs and more graceful proportions.

    Literature:
    Jean-Nérée Ronfort, André Charles Boulle, un nouveau style pour l'Europe, Somogy, 2009, pp. 83; 236-237
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