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    Sale 7713

    Furniture & Clocks

    23 April 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 141

    A DIRECTOIRE ORMOLU-MOUNTED MAHOGANY TABLE A LA TRONCHIN

    BY JACOB FRÈRES, CIRCA 1796-1803

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    A DIRECTOIRE ORMOLU-MOUNTED MAHOGANY TABLE A LA TRONCHIN
    BY JACOB FRÈRES, CIRCA 1796-1803
    The double-ratchetted adjustable rectangular top with leather-lined writing slope with spring mechanism and with removable book stop, with moulded ormolu edge above a frieze drawer enclosing a writing-slide and removable writing compartment including a glass ink bottle, applied with lozenges to the corners, with a writing-slide to each end, on guttae-headed square tapering legs, ormolu square sabots and brass castors, stamped to the underside 'JACOB FRERES' and (partially obliterated) 'RUE MESLEE' beneath, some mounts possibly replaced
    31¾ in. (80.5 cm.) high; 38 in. (96.5 cm.) wide; 23 in. (58.5 cm.) deep


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    The stamp is that of Georges II and François-Honoré-Georges Jacob-Desmalter, in use from 1796-1803.

    This type of multi-purpose writing table, with ratchetted reading and drawing slope, was named a table à la Tronchin in honour of the Swiss doctor Tronchin (d. 1781), who recommended the use of such a table for reading or writing while standing. The cabinet-maker Etienne Avril (matre in 1774) signed a related table now in the Musée Tavel-Delacour, Pontoise (N. de Reyniés, Le Mobilier Domestique, Paris, 1987, vol. II, no. 4289).

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    Provenance

    Acquired from Garrick C. Stephenson, New York, 1989.