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    Sale 7445

    Important European Furniture, Sculpture and Tapestries

    6 December 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 22

    A LOUIS XV ORMOLU-MOUNTED IVORY-INLAID, MACASSAR EBONY AND TULIPWOOD TRIC-TRAC TABLE

    BY JACQUES DUBOIS, MID-18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A LOUIS XV ORMOLU-MOUNTED IVORY-INLAID, MACASSAR EBONY AND TULIPWOOD TRIC-TRAC TABLE
    BY JACQUES DUBOIS, MID-18TH CENTURY
    The three-quarter-galleried rectangular reversible top with a gilt-tooled light brown leather-lined playing-surface to one side and with, an ivory and ebony chessboard and enclosing a backgammon playing surface, above a shaped frieze fitted with two drawers enclosing pigeon holes and a large compartment, on cabriole legs headed by pierced rockwork clasps , and terminating in foliate-cast sabots, on brass castors, stamped 'I. DUBOIS' and 'JME', (with thirty ivory playing pieces, two ivory dice, two leather-lined gobelets, and two later silver-plated candle-holders)
    29 in. (73.5 cm.) high; 32¾ in. (83 cm.) wide; 24 in. (61 cm.) deep


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    Jacques Dubois, maître in 1742.

    Games-tables were often sold through marchands-tabletiers who, like marchands-merciers, employed various ébénistes to execute their designs. According to L'Académie Universelle des Jeux (Paris, 1730), tric trac tables were used for a wide variety of games such as revertier, toute table, dames rabattues, grand jan, piquet, brelan, quadrille as well as tric-trac, as recorded by the celebrated marchand-mercier Lazare-Duvaux in his livre-journal between 1748 and 1758.

    Such indoor games were the preferred pastime of Louis XV, the members of the Court and the landed nobility and the duc de Luynes - chroniqueur of the daily life at Court - is said to have scrupulously recorded the days on which the King did not play such games.
    A very closely related tric-trac table by Dubois is in the Wrightsman Collection, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (F.J.B. Watson, The Wrightsman Collection, New York, 1966, vol. I, p, 224-225, cat. no. 117). Another closely-related table also stamped by Dubois is illustrated in D. Alcouffe/G. de Bellaigue, Il Mobile Francese, Milan, 1981, a further example another with floral marquetry, reproduced in Connaissance des Arts, Le XVIIIe Siècle Français, p. 51, pl. B.
    Jacques Dubois received his maîtrise at the age of forty-eight, and became one of the most distinguished ébénistes of the Louis XV period. Established in the rue de Charenton, Dubois' status as an ouvrier privilégié meant he was free of the strict guild regulations.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN