A pair of Louis XV gilt bronze mounted tulipwood and amaranth marquetry encoignures Pierre Bernard circa 1755
Lot 1221W
A pair of Louis XV gilt bronze mounted tulipwood and amaranth marquetry encoignures
Pierre Bernard
circa 1755
US$ 30,000 - 50,000
£18,000 - 30,000
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Property of various owners
A pair of Louis XV gilt bronze mounted tulipwood and amaranth marquetry encoignures
Pierre Bernard
circa 1755
Each stamped P. BERNARD / EBENISTE with three fleurs de lys, the shaped Levanto rouge marble top over two cupboard doors en arbalète, each inlaid with a floral vase on a console d'applique and framed with scrolling foliate gilt bronze mounts, the feet with cloven hooved sabots, the later chutes stamped C. P.
height 35in (89cm); width 29in (73.5cm); depth 20in (51cm)

Footnotes

  • Pierre Bernard received ébéniste privilégié du Roi suivant la Cour, circa 1744

    Provenance:
    Château de la Croë, Cap d'Antibes, France, residence of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor

    Logut, Terris, Martini, Important mobilier et objets d'art provenant du Château de la Croë, Cap d'Antibes, 18 April 1955

    The Château de la Croë, designed in 1927 by Armand Albert Rateau, occupies over 17 acres of land on the French Riviera. It was here that in 1938, two years after King Edward VII's abdication, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor made their first real home together. Wallis Simpson lavishly furnished the Chateau, and the couple hosted parties and gatherings there for the political and social elite. During the German occupation of France in the Second World War, the couple emigrated to Portugal and the Bahamas. After the war they eventually settled near Paris, and many of the furnishings from the Château de la Croë were sold at auction in 1955. The Château belonged for a time to Greek shipping magnate Stavros Niarchos, who purchased it in 1952. It was devastated by a fire in 1970, and remained abandoned for several decades until 2004, when the Château de la Croë was purchased by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich. Although there is no explicit proof that the present pair of encoignures belonged to the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, there is every probability that it was a part of their furnishings during their years in the Château.

    Pierre Bernard (circa 1715 – after 1770) was one of the finest cabinetmakers of the Louis XV period. Known for his fine floral marquetry and exquisite and original rococo bronze mounts, Bernard's talents were remarked relatively early in his career and he was named cabinetmaker with special privileges to the King and the Royal Court. Today, works stamped by Bernard are rare, but in his day he was a veritable celebrity, highly praised by his contemporaries. His works could be found in such legendary collections as those of Augustin Blondel de Gagny and François Boucher.

    Literature:
    Comte François de Salverte, Les ébénistes du XVIIIe siècle, G. Vanoest, 1927, pp. 21-22
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