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    Sale 5089

    Italian Banks of Distinction

    13 November 2007, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 35

    A LOUIS XIV BRASS AND TIN MOUNTED BUREAU MAZARIN

    LATE 17TH CENTURY, IN THE MANNER OF PIERRE GOLE

    Price Realised  

    A LOUIS XIV BRASS AND TIN MOUNTED BUREAU MAZARIN
    LATE 17TH CENTURY, IN THE MANNER OF PIERRE GOLE
    Decorated en contre partie with elaborately scrolling foliate strapwork, and with chased decoration depicting a variety of whimsical figures and animals, with seven drawers around a kneehole enclosing a cupboard, on square tapering legs joined by stretchers and with turned feet
    31½in. (80cm.) high; 45½in. (116cm.) wide; 28in. (70cm.) deep


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    The bureau dressing-table has a 'commode' recess concealed between drawer-nests whose canted and hermed corner-pilasters are stretcher-tied with medallioned trays. Its golden tablets are inlaid in a silvery lace, with flowered compartments enwreathed by Roman foliage and frets of wave-scrolled ribbons; and reflect the Louis Quatorze 'Roman' fashion featured around 1700 on the engraved Oeuvres of the Paris-trained architect Daniel Marot (d.1752). This pattern of drawer-nest frame relates to that of a 'boulle' table displayed during Louis XIV's visit to the Gobelins Manufactory in the mid-1660's; the time when the present table model is thought to have been invented by the celebrated court ébéniste Pierre Gole (T.H. Lunsingh Scheurleer, Pierre Gole, Dijon, 2005, and fig. 109). The table form was named a bureau 'Mazarin' in the 19th century.

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    Saleroom Notice

    Please note this lot has probably undergone some restoration, with some later mounts and re-engraving of the marquetry.