A fine Louis XV style gilt bronze mounted kingwood and mahogany bureau plat after Charles CressentFrançois Linke or Antoine Kriegerlate 19th century
Lot 1134W
A fine Louis XV style gilt bronze mounted kingwood and mahogany bureau plat after Charles Cressent
François Linke or Antoine Krieger
late 19th century
Sold for US$ 112,500 inc. premium
Lot Details
A fine Louis XV style gilt bronze mounted kingwood and mahogany bureau plat after Charles Cressent
François Linke or Antoine Krieger
late 19th century
The gilt banded top with inset gilt tooled leather writing surface above gilt mounts on the deep drawers depicting a charming scene of putti musicians piping and beating time for a dog deftly balancing on a knotted rope suspended from bold acanthus mounts surrounding the drawers, each side mounted with an equally whimsical scene of putti suspending the knotted rope for a Commedia del'Arte figure of a monkey dressed in pantaloons and Phrygian cap, each corner mounted with espagnolettes, her ruffled bodice flowing to scrolled acanthus vines ending in bold acanthus sabots; the lockplate is stamped MON THEAU THIEFFINES SUCCR SERRURIER PARIS
height 34 1/2in (88cm); width 84in (214cm); depth 39in (100cm)

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Butterfield & Butterfield, Sale 2740, July 19, 1971, lot 547

    Charles Cressent (1685-1768) was both an accomplished sculptor and ebeniste as well as pupil of Andres Charles Boulle. Although his furniture is not stamped, catalogues of sales of his clients as well as three catalogues of sales he conducted exist. In the 1758 sale, a commode sold with singerie themes of children holding ropes balancing monkeys and dogs. That commode is now in the Louvre Collection and is illustrated in Alexandre Pradere, French Furniture Makers, the Art of the Ebeniste from Louis XIV to the Revolution, 1989, illustration 99, page 136. That commode is the inspiration for a number of 19th century ebenistes including Zwiener, Krieger and Linke.

    A very similar bureau plat, signed F. Linke, sold Christie's, New York, 500 Years of Decorative Arts, April 15, 2011, lot 203; a second bureau plat attributed to Linke but unsigned, sold Sotheby's New York, April 20, 2007, lot 133; a singerie commode attributed to Linke sold Christie's, April 15, 2011, lot 158, that commode had a lock plate signed just as does the offered bureau plat MON THEAU THIEFFINES SUCCR SERRURIER PARIS..
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