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    Sale 7466

    Le Goût Steinitz, III

    6 December 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 409

    A LOUIS XIV ORMOLU-MOUNTED BRASS-INLAID RED TORTOISESHELL BOULLE MARQUETRY BUREAU BRISE

    LATE 17TH EARLY 18TH CENTURY

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    A LOUIS XIV ORMOLU-MOUNTED BRASS-INLAID RED TORTOISESHELL BOULLE MARQUETRY BUREAU BRISE
    LATE 17TH EARLY 18TH CENTURY
    Decorated overall with profusely scrolling foliage, the top centred by an oval medallion with husk-filled radiating fluted and hinged to the centre enclosing a bone-inlaid tortoiseshell interior with a fall-front frieze forming a writing surface and fitted with four variously-sized drawers, above a central recessed cupboard flanked by two further drawers to each side, the sides similarly decorated, the reverse inlaid with a lozenge, on slightly cabriole legs terminating in hoof-cast feet
    33 in. (84 cm.) high; 42½ in. (108 cm.) wide; 26 in. (66 cm.) deep


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    This important bureau Mazarin has a hinged top enclosing a writing surface and thereby is also a bureau brisé. It shows an interesting contrast between the rich première partie Boulle marquetry to the exterior and the sober tortoiseshell veneer to the interior. The present lot relates to a similarly decorated bureau in the Wrightsman collection, now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The latter is slightly earlier in date and has square-sectioned straight legs, however, both display the same architectural upper sections.
    The present lot also relates to a group of bureaux Mazarin, which includes a desk in the Victoria & Albert Museum (illustrated in O. Brackett, Catalogue of the Jones Collection, London, 1922, no. 4), one formerly in the Rosebery collection, sold from Mentmore, 18 May 1977, lot 125, and a third in the Royal collections (illustrated in H. Clifford Smith, Buckingham Palace: Its Furniture, Decoration & History, London, 1931, no 211).

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