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    Sale 7569

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

    19 March 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 95

    A FRENCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED EBONY AND ACAJOU MOUCHETE DEMI COMMODE

    BY ALFRED-EMMANUEL-LOUIS BEURDELEY, PARIS, LAST QUARTER 19TH CENTURY

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    A FRENCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED EBONY AND ACAJOU MOUCHETE DEMI COMMODE
    BY ALFRED-EMMANUEL-LOUIS BEURDELEY, PARIS, LAST QUARTER 19TH CENTURY
    The eared white marble top above a half-guilloche frieze, the front centred by a springloaded-drawer mounted with an Apollo mask and flanked to each side by a drawer, above two cupboard doors with central cartouche of ribbon-tied arrows and floral swags, framed by a pair of bows and cornered by acanthus-handles, the interior with a single shelf, the angles with spirally-fluted columns headed by arrow-flight capitals, on tapering acanthus-wrapped legs with inverted pine-cone feet, stamped A BEURDELEY/A PARIS once to the back and twice to the top of the carcass
    34½ in. (88 cm.) high; 38¾ in. (98.5 cm.) wide; 21½ in. (55 cm.) deep


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    Founded in around 1815 by Jean Beurdeley (1772-1853), the company's reputation was principally established by his son, Louis-Auguste-Alfred (1808-1882), who took over from his father in 1840, and grandson, Alfred-Emmanuel-Louis (1847-1919), who succeeded in 1875. Known chiefly for the refinement of its ormolu, whose mercurial gilding and hand chasing makes it difficult to distinguish from late 18th century work, and magnificent furniture copied from Louis XVI models in the Garde-meuble national, Beurdeley exhibited and won awards at all of the major International Exhibitions during the second half of the 19th century. The company's workshops finally closed in 1895 and Beurdeley's stock was sold over a series of auctions. A number of these sales were conducted by Galerie Georges Petit of Paris. Two catalogues of the collection were published in 1895 and sales were held between 6-8 March and again on 27-28 May.

    Another example of this model commode by Beurdeley was sold Sotheby's New York, 'A Private Collection, Volume II', 19 April 2007, lot 130 ($78,000).

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A LADY