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    Sale 7614

    19th Century Furniture, Sculpture, Works of Art and Ceramics

    24 September 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 5

    A FRENCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED ACAJOU MOUCHETE BUREAU A CYLINDRE

    AFTER THE MODEL BY JEAN-HENRI RIESENER, LAST QUARTER 19TH CENTURY

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    A FRENCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED ACAJOU MOUCHETE BUREAU A CYLINDRE
    AFTER THE MODEL BY JEAN-HENRI RIESENER, LAST QUARTER 19TH CENTURY
    The rectangular top with pierced three-quarter gallery, above three frieze drawers, the shutter tambour opening to reveal an interior fitted with nine compartments and four letter trays, with pull-out green leather-lined writing slide, above a knee-hole with a frieze drawer flanked by two short drawers, the panelled back and sides each fitted with a leather-lined slide, the cabriole legs with scrolled acanthus clasps running to paw feet
    47½ in. (120.5 cm.) high; 56½ in. (143.5 cm.) wide; 31½ in. (80 cm.) deep


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    The present bureau à cylindre is a copy of the model by Jean-Henri Riesener (maître 1768; d. 1806) commissioned in July 1784 by Marc-Antoine Thierry de Ville d'Avray, Intendant Général des Meubles de la Couronne. The following year, the desk was sent to the château de Fontainebleau, where it was used by the Comte de Provence, the future Louis XVIII. Following the Revolution, the desk was not sold but remained in the Garde-Meuble until the Restauration when it was moved to the Palais de Tuileries, and to the cabinet de toilette of the Comte d'Artois, the future Charles X. Towards the end of the 19th century, the desk was copied by many of the best Parisian ébénistes, among them Henry Dasson.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN