A French 19th century Louis XV style ormolu mounted and Chinese style vernis Martin secrétaire à abattant

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Lot 281
A French 19th century Louis XV style ormolu mounted and Chinese style vernis Martin secrétaire à abattant

Sold for £ 5,760 (US$ 8,111) inc. premium
A French 19th century Louis XV style ormolu mounted and Chinese style vernis Martin secrétaire à abattant
the Valence Pink shaped marble top above a drawer and a drop front, the angles with foliate acanthus leaves, the lower section with two doors, on cabriole legs with foliate cast sabots, decorated all-over with vernis Martin panels imitating Chinese lacquer depicting figures within landscape of mountains, pagodas and birds, later fitted and lacquered to the interior, 79.5cm wide, 40cm deep, 148cm high (31in wide, 15.5in deep, 58in high).

Footnotes

  • This secretaire is very similar to a model with vernis Martin panels made by François Rubestuck around 1765-1770, illustrated in Thibaut Wolvesperges, Le meuble français en laque au XVIIIe siècle, 2000, p.305.
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