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    Sale 7816

    Le Grand Goût - A Private European Collection

    17 June 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 115

    A LARGE FRENCH GILTWOOD CENTRE-TABLE

    AFTER THE MODEL ATTRIBUTED TO JULES DEGOULLONS, LATE 19TH CENTURY

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    A LARGE FRENCH GILTWOOD CENTRE-TABLE
    AFTER THE MODEL ATTRIBUTED TO JULES DEGOULLONS, LATE 19TH CENTURY
    The rectangular verde marble top above a breakfront rosette-filled entrelac frieze centred to each side by a pierced acanthus-crested and floral-festooned scrolled cartouche, resting on four pairs of scrolled acanthus-carved legs headed by laurel-garlanded masks, joined by a guilloche-carved scrolled 'X'-shaped stretcher with central acanthus boss, on tapering square feet
    33¼ in. (84.5 cm.) high; 72½ in. (184 cm.) wide; 37 in. (94 cm.) deep


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    This centre-table relates closely to a console attributed to sculptor Jule Degoullons and supplied in 1713 for the Château de Bercy. Together with his atelier of André and Mathieu Legoupil, Marin Bellan and Pierre Taupin, Degoullons was responsible for much of the carved panelling and related furniture supplied to Charles-Henri II de Malon de Bercy, between 1712 and 1714. At the four-day auction of the contents of Château de Bercy in 1860, the table was purchased by Napoleon III and placed in the national collection (see Bill G. B. Pallot, Furniture Collections in the Louvre, Paris, 1993, Vol. II, pp. 36-39). The model became very popular with Parisian ébénistes towards the end of the 19th century, and among others was copied by François Linke. See Christie's East, New York, 24 May 1993, lot 338 for an example by the latter supplied for the Grosvenor Square home of Elias Meyer.

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    Provenance

    Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, London, 27 February 1998, lot 194.