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    Sale 7445

    Important European Furniture, Sculpture and Tapestries

    6 December 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 162

    A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU-MOUNTED PLUM-PUDDING MAHOGANY CYLINDER BUREAU

    BY FERDINAND BURY, LATE 18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU-MOUNTED PLUM-PUDDING MAHOGANY CYLINDER BUREAU
    BY FERDINAND BURY, LATE 18TH CENTURY
    The rectangular grey-veined white marble top with a three-quarter pierced gallery, above three panelled drawers and a solid cylinder shutter enclosing a fitted interior with three open compartments, three drawers and three simulated drawers, above a green leather-lined writing-slide, above a central drawer, flanked to the left by two drawers, and to the right by one drawer simulating two drawers, enclosing four small compartments and a coffre fort, on fluted tapering legs, terminating in toupie feet, stamped 'F.BURY', and 'JME', with remains of a circular paper label inscribed 'heirloom...905/300'

    45¾ in. (116 cm.) high; 44½ in. (113 cm.) wide; 24 in. (61 cm.) deep


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    Ferdinand Bury, maître in 1774.

    With its richly-figured plum-pudding mahogany and restrained decoration, this bureau is a prime example of the oeuvre of Ferdinand Bury, whose production is distinguished by its architectural character and simple undecorated lines.

    The present example can be related to various bureaux à cylindre executed by the celebrated ébéniste Jean-François Leleu (maître in 1764), including one sold from the Wildenstein collection, Christie's, London, 14-15 December 2005, lot 370, and Christie's, London, 1 December 2005, lot 223.

    Bury was based in the rue de Charonne where he was active until 1789 when he filed for bankruptcy. The papers filed at that date reveal that he retailed furniture through marchands-merciers Bonnemain, Mathieu Law, Gavanet and Jean-Baptiste Tuart.

    Interestingly, the existence of the Bury's stamp alongside that of the celebrated ébéniste de la Couronne Jean-Henri Riesener (maître in 1768) on a commode that bears the brand for the château de Versailles, indicates that the two collaborated occasionally (D. Alcouffe, Furniture Collections in the Louvre, Dijon, 1993, p. 269). The distinctive resemblance of the latter commode with many of Bury's pieces furthermore suggests that it was Riesener who subcontracted the work to Bury.

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    Provenance

    With Luigi Anton Laura, Ospedaletti, in the 1970's.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A LADY (LOTS 161-166)