A French mid-19th century rosewood and mahogany secrétaire chest  by Maison Lemarchand & Lemoine, Paris
Lot 213Y
A French mid-19th century rosewood and mahogany secrétaire chest
by Maison Lemarchand & Lemoine, Paris
£1,500 - 2,000
US$ 2,500 - 3,400
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A French mid-19th century rosewood and mahogany secrétaire chest  by Maison Lemarchand & Lemoine, Paris
Lot Details
A French mid-19th century rosewood and mahogany secrétaire chest
by Maison Lemarchand & Lemoine, Paris
the later mahogany top with rounded corners and moulded edge, above a long secrétaire drawer with fall front enclosing a Hungarian ash and amaranth-lined interior of four short drawers around a pigeonhole, all behind a tooled leather skiver between side galleries of baluster-turned spindles, above a pair of cupboard doors applied with shaped panels with beaded edging, between fluted corners, the plinth base fitted with a long drawer, raised on four bun feet, with stencil to reverse reading MAISON LEMARCHAND A LEMOINE, Rue des Tournelles 17. PARIS, 130.5cm wide, 57cm deep, 97cm high (51in wide, 22in deep, 38in high).

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  • Provenance:
    The above lot was purchased at the auction of Dr Percy Cohen's effects in Reading, Berkshire during the 1930s, where it was described as having come from the Empress Eugénie's (1826 - 1920) suite at Farnborough Abbey, Hampshire, where her husband Napoleon III (1808 - 1873) lies buried in a mausoleum.
    Thence by descent to the present owner.

    Andre Lemoine and Louis-Edouard Lemarchand became partners as cabinet makers based in Paris from 1846 onwards. In 1863, Henri Lemoine took over, and continued the business until 1893. Lemoine and Lemarchand were one of the chief suppliers of furniture to the French Imperial family, and in particular to Napoleon III.

    Napoleon III:
    Charles-Louis-Napoleon-Bonaparte (1808-73), known historically as Napoleon III, ruled France as Emperor between 1852 and 1870. He oversaw a period of peace and prosperity before leading his nation into the two year Franco-Prussian war in 1870. As the third son of Napoleon's brother Louis Bonaparte, Napoleon III grew up in one of the most renowned military and political families in European history and drew upon this prestigious heritage to first attain, and consequently maintain, his authoritarian control over the French people.

    From 1846 to 1850, while a number of revolutionary disturbances and outbreaks of civil unrest occurred across France, Napoleon III spent most of his time in exile in Britain following an invitation from Queen Victoria, www.britannica.com. This most likely explains why the present lot originally formed part of a suite made on behalf of the Empress Eugenie for Farnborough Abbey, Hampshire, where a mausoleum for her husband, Napoleon III, stands to this day.
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