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    Sale 12455

    European Furniture & Works of Art

    6 July 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 71

    A LOUIS XV ORMOLU-MOUNTED BLACK AND GILT JAPANESE LACQUER AND AVENTURINE BUREAU EN PENTE

    ATTRIBUTED TO JACQUES DUBOIS, CIRCA 1750

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    A LOUIS XV ORMOLU-MOUNTED BLACK AND GILT JAPANESE LACQUER AND AVENTURINE BUREAU EN PENTE
    ATTRIBUTED TO JACQUES DUBOIS, CIRCA 1750
    Decorated overall with pagodas within mountainous landscapes, the rectangular top above a shaped sloping front with gilt-tooled tan leather writing surface to the reverse, enclosing an interior decorated with simulated nashiji, fitted with six shaped drawers, shelves and a well, above three frieze drawers, on cabriole legs headed by rocaille chutes and terminating in scrolled sabots, the sabots and one chute 18th Century and associated
    39½ in. (100 cm.) high; 38 in. (97 cm.) wide; 19 in. (49 cm.) deep


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    With its graceful lines, finely-chased mounts and high quality lacquer panels, this elegant bureau exemplifies the oeuvre of Jacques Dubois (1694-1764), maître in 1742. It can be confidently attributed to the celebrated ébéniste on the basis of several closely related examples, stamped by Dubois, featuring the same distinctive serpentine shape, ogee-scrolled profile and broken curved line to the apron, as on the present lot. A number of bureaux of similar form by Jacques Dubois are recorded, often employing sumptuous panels of Japanese lacquer as on this example, notably one from the château de Breteuil, sold Sotheby's, Monaco, 14 June 1982, lot 480; one stamped with the crowned 'C', illustrated in A. Pradère, les Ebénistes Français de Louis XIV à la Révolution, Paris, 1989, p. 170; and one formerly in the collection of Djahanguir Riahi, sold Christie's, New York, 2 November 2000, lot 51 ($210,000 exc. premium).

    Also recurrent in Dubois' oeuvre is the use of vernis martin sur fond aventurine, a technique employed to simulate the Japanese nashiji lacquer and extensively used to the reverse and interior of the present bureau. Dubois' innovative use of vernis martin sur fond aventurine is further discussed by T. Wolvesperges in Le Meuble Francais en Laque au XVIIIème siècle, Paris, 1999, pp. 288-294.

    See lot 72 for further information on this lot.

    Provenance

    Jeremy Ltd., London, 1972.
    Christie's London, 5 July 2013, lot 7, where acquired by the present owner.


    Pre-Lot Text

    Property of a private European collector (lots 71-72 & 74)


    Literature

    E.T. Joy, 'A Louis XV black lacquer Bureau', The Connoisseur, June 1972, pp. 106- 107, ill. 1-3.