An important French mid-19th century gilt-bronze mounted, cut-brass and brown-tortoiseshell inlaid ebony and ebonised bureau plat after a model by André-Charles Boulle, possibly by Hippolyte Edmé Pretot, (1812-1855) or Mathieu Béfort (1813-1880) known as Béfort Jeune, Paris

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An important French mid-19th century gilt-bronze mounted, cut-brass and brown-tortoiseshell inlaid ebony and ebonised bureau plat
after a model by André-Charles Boulle, possibly by Hippolyte Edme Pretot, (1812-1855) or Mathieu Béfort (1813-1880) known as Béfort Jeune, Paris

Sold for £ 56,250 (US$ 69,941) inc. premium
An important French mid-19th century gilt-bronze mounted, cut-brass and brown-tortoiseshell inlaid ebony and ebonised bureau plat
after a model by André-Charles Boulle, possibly by Hippolyte Edme Pretot, (1812-1855) or Mathieu Béfort (1813-1880) known as Béfort Jeune, Paris
the shaped top inset with a gilt-tooled black leather writing surface within a border of scrolling foliage and arabesques, above three frieze drawers, the central drawer with a winged female mask, the reverse with similar simulated drawers, the central one with winged bearded mask, one side mounted with a satyr mask, the other side with a female mask, flanked to each side by scrolling foliage, on cabriole legs each headed by an espagnolette clasp, on scrolling acanthus-cast feet, 200cm wide, 100cm deep, 82cm high (78 1/2in wide, 39in deep, 32in high).

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  • This impressive bureau plat, with its espagnolettes corner clasps and recessed central drawer, is based upon a series of celebrated bureaux-plats produced circa 1715-20 in the workshop of the most celebrated French ébéniste of the Louis XIV period, André-Charles Boulle (1642-1732). Comparable desks are in the Wallace Collection in London, the Getty Museum in California, the Frick Collection in New York, and the celebrated model commissioned for the Duc de Bourbon, now in the collection of the Château de Versailles.
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An important French mid-19th century gilt-bronze mounted, cut-brass and brown-tortoiseshell inlaid ebony and ebonised bureau plat after a model by André-Charles Boulle, possibly by Hippolyte Edmé Pretot, (1812-1855) or Mathieu Béfort (1813-1880) known as Béfort Jeune, Paris
An important French mid-19th century gilt-bronze mounted, cut-brass and brown-tortoiseshell inlaid ebony and ebonised bureau plat after a model by André-Charles Boulle, possibly by Hippolyte Edmé Pretot, (1812-1855) or Mathieu Béfort (1813-1880) known as Béfort Jeune, Paris
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