Lot 185: Louis XV Style Ormolu Mounted Parquetry and Marquetry Kingwood and Tulipwood Bureau Plat Late 19th Century
May 17, 2013
Washington, DC, USALive Auction
Louis XV Style Ormolu Mounted Parquetry and Marquetry Kingwood and Tulipwood Bureau Plat
Late 19th Century
Having a brass-bound leather-inset top above a frieze drawer flanked by two panel doors, each opening to view two marquetry drawers, the upper drawer inlaid with a crown, one inlaid fait l'an 1721, the other par Gaudreau, overall mounted with ormolu medals and foliage, raised on ram's head cabriole legs. Distress to leather top.
Height: 32-1/4 in (82 cm); Width: 67-1/2 in (171.5 cm); Depth: 37-1/2 in (95.3 cm)Property from a Virginia Collection
As noted in catalogue; lock detached from right panel door, we have it; door slightly warped, difficult to open and close; some cracks and losses to veneer of both panel door interiors; minor losses to veneer of one drawer; some minor losses to parquetry inlay; soiling to ormolu mounts.
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The bureau was adapted from Antoine Gaudreau's commode-médaillier delivered in 1739 for Louis XV's Cabinet à Pans at Versailles. The work is currently housed in the Cabinet des Médailles at the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris.
For a similar example see Bonham's San Francisco, Fine American Furniture and Decorative Arts, March 7, 2011.