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    Sale 7683

    A Rococo Fantasy Treasures from a Bavarian Collection

    6 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 67

    A LOUIS XV ORMOLU-MOUNTED TULIPWOOD, KINGWOOD, HAREWOOD AND FLORAL MARQUETRY BOMBE COMMODE

    BY JEAN-BAPTISTE GALET, CIRCA 1760

    Price Realised  

    A LOUIS XV ORMOLU-MOUNTED TULIPWOOD, KINGWOOD, HAREWOOD AND FLORAL MARQUETRY BOMBE COMMODE
    BY JEAN-BAPTISTE GALET, CIRCA 1760
    With a brêche d'Alep marble top above two drawers inlaid sans traverse with a strapwork-framed cartouche and enclosing a bouquet of flowers with scrolled foliate handles and a shaped apron with urn, oak leaf and lion mask clasp, the angles with foliate and cabochon mounts and the tapering legs with sabots, stamped GALET JME, remounted
    34 in. (87 cm.) high; 31½ in. (80 cm.) wide; 16 in. (41 cm.) deep


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    Jean-Baptiste Galet, maître in 1754.

    Galet established his workshop in the rue Sainte-Marguerite, later moving to the rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine where he remained until he closed his business in 1780. His oeuvre comprised Louis XV, Transitional and Louis XVI pieces, decorated with floral and geometric marquetry, and also in imitation of Oriental lacquer. Though lesser known than his more illustrious neighbours in the Faubourg Saint-Antoine, including Denis Genty, Léonard Boudin and Louis Noél Malle, there are close parallels in their work, and it is probably no mere coincidence that Galet and Genty received their masterships on the same date.

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    Provenance

    Acquired from Galerie des Lacques, Paris.