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    Sale 7574

    Thomas Hope & The Neoclassical Vision & The Collector of Collections

    24 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 333

    A LOUIS XV PORCELAIN AND ORMOLU-MOUNTED TULIPWOOD TABLE EN CHIFFONNIERE

    BY FRANCOIS REIZELL, MID-18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A LOUIS XV PORCELAIN AND ORMOLU-MOUNTED TULIPWOOD TABLE EN CHIFFONNIERE
    BY FRANCOIS REIZELL, MID-18TH CENTURY
    The shaped top inset with an oval porcelain plaque depicting a cottage in a wooded landscape with a bleu celeste border, above a frieze drawer to one side, on cabriole legs headed by foliate-cast mounts, joined by a square undertier with pierced waved gallery, with foliate-cast sabot, two sabots missing, stamped twice 'F.REIZELL' and once 'JME', embellished in the 19th century including the porcelain plaque
    27 in. (68.5 cm.) high; 14¼ in. (36 cm.) wide; 12¼ in. (31 cm.) deep


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    Of German origin, François Reizell (maître in 1764) started his career in the quartier des ébénistes before leaving the Faubourg Saint Antoine for the rue des Saintes-Pères. Interestingly, the young ébéniste Joseph Baumhauer, dit Joseph (d. 1772) - later to become one of the foremost ébénistes of the Louis XV period - is recorded as having worked in Reizell's atelier. The latter's atelier counted amongst his famed patrons, Louis Joseph de Bourbon-Condé, Prince de Condé (1736-1818) for whom Reizell produced a large number of pieces for the Palais-Bourbon and the château de Chantilly.

    With its slender cabriole legs and finely-chased foliate mounts, this elegant table en chiffonnière can be related to the table en chiffonnière illustrated in the 1756 portrait of Madame de Pompadour by François Boucher. Examples of such tables en chiffonnières include two tables in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (F.J.B. Watson, The Wrightsman Collection, New York, 1966, vol. 1, cat. nos. 125 and 126) and another sold from the Alexander Collection, Christie's, New York, 30 April 1999, lot 102 ($420,500). A closely related table en chiffonnière was sold anonymously, Christie's, London, 6 July 2007, lot 27 (£42,500 including premium).

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    Provenance

    Anonymous sale, Christie's, London, 18 June 1987, lot 161.