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    Sale 7816

    Le Grand Goût - A Private European Collection

    17 June 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 98

    A LOUIS XV ORMOLU-MOUNTED TULIPWOOD, AMARANTH AND MARQUETRY TABLE DE SALON

    CIRCA 1750, ATTRIBUTED TO ANTOINE-LOUIS GOSSELIN AND POSSIBLY RETAILED BY ADRIEN DELORME

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    A LOUIS XV ORMOLU-MOUNTED TULIPWOOD, AMARANTH AND MARQUETRY TABLE DE SALON
    CIRCA 1750, ATTRIBUTED TO ANTOINE-LOUIS GOSSELIN AND POSSIBLY RETAILED BY ADRIEN DELORME
    Inlaid overall with floral marquetry in shaped borders, the waved rectangular top with raised border, above a small gilt-tooled green leather-lined writing-slide, above two drawers and one compartmentalised side drawer with ormolu fitments, on cabriole legs and foliate sabots, the mounts re-gilt, with no apparent signs of a stretcher, with black ink inscription to the underside and to the drawer 'Castelbajac', with pencil inscription 'Chounon vile' (?)
    28½ in. (72 cm.) high; 13 in. (32 cm.) wide; 9½ in. (24 cm.) deep


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    A table of this identical form, but fitted with ormolu carrying- handles and stamped by the marchand-ébéniste Adrien-Faizelot Delorme (maître in 1748), was given by Louis XV's wife, Maria Leszcyinska to the gouvernante des Enfants de France, Madame Campan, and is now in the Louvre (G. Janneau, Le Mobilier Français: Le Meuble d'Ebénisterie, Paris, 1989, fig. 95). In view of the group of similarly-patterned tables, several of which also bear Delorme's stamp, such as that in the Hillwood Museum which displays an identical marquetry top (L. Paredes Arend, French Furniture from the Collections of Hillwood Museum & Gardens, Washington, 2002, fig.21); and that sold from the collection of Elinor Dorrance Ingersoll, Christie's New York, 11 November 1977, (lot 151) as well as those of other ébénistes such as Péridiez (maître in 1764) and Adrien-Antoine Gosselin (maître in 1772), it has always seemed probable that this model was retailed by a marchand-mercier or marchand-ébéniste such as Delorme, who subcontracted the work to his confrères. This collaboration is also confirmed by a further example bearing Simon-Philippe Poirier's inscription to the drawer, for which he had probably provided the fittings. This table was sold from the Wildenstein Collection, Christie's, London, 14-15 December 2005, lot 349.

    A table of exactly this model but with an undertier, executed for Delorme, was sold by Nathan Wildenstein to Calouste Gulbenkian and is now in the Fondation Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon (A. Droguet, Nicolas Petit (1732-1791), Paris, 2001, p.21). Interestingly, variations in the richness of both the marquetry and ormolu mounts suggest that some were probably made on commission, whilst others were made for a marchand-mercier's stock. A table in the Huntington Collection for instance, stamped L.PERIDIEZ, has a top surrounded by a pierced ormolu gallery (R. Wark, French Decorative Arts in the Huntington Collection, San Marino, California, 1962, p.89).

    Several tables stamped by Gosselin which seem closest to the present example are known; one is now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (F.J.B. Watson, The Wrightsman Collection, New York, 1966, vol. 1., cat. no. 136); another was sold anonymously Christie's New York, 4 November 1992, lot 93; and a third, attributed to Gosselin, was sold anonymously at Christie's New York, May 1991, lot 80. Finally, a further unstamped table was sold from the Alexander Collection, Christie's New York, 30 April 1999, lot 69.

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    Provenance

    Acquired from Maurice Segoura, Paris.