A French third quarter 19th century ormolu-mounted, red and green-stained tortoiseshell, cut-brass 'Boulle' marquetry and ebonised meuble d'appui in the manner of Mathieu Befort or Befort Jeune, Paris
Lot 202Y
A French third quarter 19th century ormolu-mounted, red and green-stained tortoiseshell, cut-brass 'Boulle' marquetry and ebonised meuble d'appui
in the manner of Mathieu Befort or Befort Jeune, Paris
£20,000 - 30,000
US$ 34,000 - 51,000
Lot Details
A French third quarter 19th century ormolu-mounted, red and green-stained tortoiseshell, cut-brass 'Boulle' marquetry and ebonised meuble d'appui
in the manner of Mathieu Befort or Befort Jeune, Paris
of breakfront form with curving, concave sides, the ebonised top above friezes of red tortoishell, arabesque and scroll cut brass, and brass trellis against green tortoiseshell, centred by a floral and scroll-cast mount, all above a central drawer with conforming decoration and escutcheon cast as an open-mouthed mask between rocaille scrolls, a cupboard door below, enclosing a shelf, and with a panel of red and green 'Boulle' marquetry, centred by a bearded mask-cast mount, the conforming sides with female masks, the plinth with mounts cast as cartouches and as shells, raised on four outswept supports, 146cm wide, 51cm deep, 146cm high (57in wide, 20in deep, 57in high).

Footnotes

  • Mathieu Befort (1813 - 1880), who stamped his work Befort Jeune, was the son of Jean-Baptiste Befort, who was of Belgian origin and renowned for having supplied furniture for the appartments of the Duc d'Orléans. He was established at numbers 1 and 6 rue Neuve-Saint-Gilles in Paris from 1844 to 1880. As an ébèniste-marqueteur he specialised in Boulle marquetry and in particular extremely high quality work inspired by the work of André-Charles-Boulle himself.
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