Lot 592: A Louis XVI tulipwood, satinwood and specimen wood inlaid secretaire abbatant
October 26, 2016
Newbury, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: A Louis XVI tulipwood, satinwood and specimen wood inlaid secretaire abbatant, circa 1780, the mottled marble top abobe a frieze drawer and hinged fall opening to a fitted interior incorporating open shelves and an arrangement of drawers, the parquetry decorated fall centred by an oval medallion centred by initials 'D B', the pair of cupboard doors beneath opening to a shelved interior, on square section tapering legs, 146cm high, 82cm wide, 43cm deep Provenance: By direct descent from Sir George Espic John Manners, Little Haddon Hall, Woodbridge, Suffolk The marquetry initials to the fall of the secretaire possibly relates to Madame du Barry. Jeanne Bécu, countess du Barry was born on August 19, 1743, in Vaucouleurs, France. From 1743 to 1793, she was the King of France Louis XV s mistress. She was married to Louis XV s brother, Guillaume, for a short time before being installed at court in 1769. Bécu continued to assert her influence on Louis XV until he died and she left the court. In 1793, she was executed for treason in Paris, France.