A fine Louis XV style gilt-bronze mounted kingwood and walnut bureau plat  H. Conquet after a model by Charles Cressent fourth quarter 19th century

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Lot 1179W
A fine Louis XV style gilt-bronze mounted kingwood and walnut bureau plat
H. Conquet
after a model by Charles Cressent
fourth quarter 19th century

Sold for US$ 39,040 inc. premium
A fine Louis XV style gilt-bronze mounted kingwood and walnut bureau plat
H. Conquet
after a model by Charles Cressent
fourth quarter 19th century
The shaped rectangular top inset with a tooled leather writing panel and fitted with three drawers to the undulating frieze, raised on cabriole legs, the central drawer inset with brass plaque inscribed H. CONQUET 27, Bv des Italiens PARIS, reverse of lock stamped Alfred Schmidt PARIS.
height 30 1/2in (77cm); width 79 1/2in (202cm); depth 38in (97cm)

Footnotes

  • The original model for this desk aux bustes de guerriers was produced by Charles Cressent (1695-1767) in several examples, the most well-known of which is housed in the Palais de l'Elysée in Paris, for many years quite appropriately situated in the office of the Ministry of the Navy. Cressent was one of the most highly skilled furniture makers of the Louis XV period in France, and generations afterwards were inspired to imitate or copy his works. This particular model was imitated more rarely than his desks cast with female busts, however, and fewer examples are known. One by Beurdeley, included in the sale of a part of his inventory in 1895, is illustrated in: Camille Mestdagh, L'Ameublement d'art français 1850-1900, Les Editions de l'Amateur, 2010, p. 96.

    Very little is known about Conquet apart from the fact that he was active towards the end of the 19th century on the Boulevard des Italiens, a very elegant street in Paris at this time. The quality of execution of the present piece points to Conquet as a master ébéniste on the same level as Dasson, Beurdeley and Sormani.
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