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    Sale 7746

    PARISIAN TASTE IN LONDON: A PRIVATE COLLECTION AND FURNITURE

    10 September 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 327

    A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU-MOUNTED, BRASS AND EBONY-INLAID AMBOYNA TABLE-A-ECRIRE

    IN THE MANNER OF JEAN-HENRI RIESENER, LATE 18TH CENTURY

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    A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU-MOUNTED, BRASS AND EBONY-INLAID AMBOYNA TABLE-A-ECRIRE
    IN THE MANNER OF JEAN-HENRI RIESENER, LATE 18TH CENTURY
    The rectangular panelled top above a frieze drawer enclosing a gilt-tooled green leather-lined writing slide and three metal inkwells, on square tapering chamfered legs terminating in brass caps
    28½ in. (72.5 cm.) high; 32 in. (81.5 cm.) wide; 19¼ in. (49 cm.) deep


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    This elegant table can be related to the oeuvre of the celebrated ébéniste Jean-Henri Riesener and in particular to a model of table-à-écrire, which he is recorded to have supplied to the Crown in several instances. Two comparable tables were delivered by Riesener to Marie-Antoinette for the château de Versailles on 31 December 1783, while another was delivered to the château des Tuileries a year later. Among the related examples by the ébéniste, a writing table sold Christie's, Monaco, 10 December 2000, lot 720 (FF972,500 with premium), while another, bearing the inventory brand of the cheau de Versailles, was sold from the Vergottis collection, Sotheby's, London, 14 June 2000, lot 193 (£46,500 with premium).

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A LADY
    (LOTS 323-332)