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    Sale 2034

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

    21 October 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 347

    A FRENCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED MAHOGANY BUREAU PLAT

    AFTER THE MODEL BY GUILLAUME BENNEMAN, LATE 19TH CENTURY

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    A FRENCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED MAHOGANY BUREAU PLAT
    AFTER THE MODEL BY GUILLAUME BENNEMAN, LATE 19TH CENTURY
    The rectangular top set with a gilt-tooled brown leather writing surface, over a conforming stepped frieze set on one side with a central guilloche-decorated drawer and two flanking drawers with lion-mask handles, with replaced locks stamped JT NEEDS/100 NEW BOND STREET and LATE/JB PAMBAH/184 PICCADILLY below a crown, the reverse set with similarly-decorated false drawers and a long writing slide, the sides each with a writing slide, on square tapering legs each headed with floral festoons
    Closed: 30 3/8 in. (77 cm.) high; 71¼ in. (181 cm.) wide; 35½ in. (90 cm.) wide; Extended: 30 3/8 in. (70 cm.) high; 103 1/8 in. (262 cm.) wide; 49 3/8 in. (125.5 cm.) wide


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    The present bureau plat is a faithful reproduction of Guillaume Benneman's celebrated model executed in 1787 for the the library of Louis XVI at Compiègne. The original now resides in the Louvre.