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Lot 28: Germain Landrin, Louis XV Chest of Drawers, France, c. 1740
December 2, 2016
Berlin, Berlin, GermanyLive Auction
Mahogany veneered, bronze, brass, gilt, red-grey grained marble
Paris, France, c. 1740
Germain Landrin (1710-1785) - Major French ebonist
Stamped 'JME G. LANDRIN' on the body underneath the plate
Convex body with narrow, slightly flared legs in sabots, above a slightly projecting marble top
A four-drawer front, 1 key is enclosed
Even veneer with geometrically arranged marquetry and concave gilded brass inlays
Handles, key plates, tablier and outer edges with gilt bronze rocaille-motivs, styelized leafs and masques
Dimensions: 88 x 127 x 58 cm
A magnificent rococo dresser by the major Parisian ebonist German Landrin
The 18th century chest of drawer is regarded today as the epitome of furniture art. The costly representation objects were mostly placed in state rooms facing fireplaces or as pairs in the front of pillars. As a design principle of the Louis XV vertical and horizontal lines should be no longer visible and so the bodies were covered harmoniously with marquetry and other decorations. The veneer of the corners and the feet are protected by precious fire-gilded bronze fittings.
The chest of drawers is in very good condition, consistent with age. Some minor professionally restored areas. The gilding of the fittings has been renewed and the marble plate was supplemented later. The plate is repaired in places. The rear is partially wormy (inactive).Germain Landrin (1710-1782/85)
As successor of Pierre II Migeon German Landrin was one of the most important Parisian ebonists of his era. Many of his chest of drawers have been made in a similar way. Among others he worked for Denis Genty and ascended to a high rank after the death of J. F. Oeben. In 1746 he became guild master and in 1772 he was appointed as president of the guild. (kre/bde)
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