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    Sale 7631

    Important European Furniture & Sculpture

    4 December 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 125

    A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU-MOUNTED TULIPWOOD, SYCAMORE, AMARANTH AND PARQUETRY TABLE-A-ECRIRE

    ATTRIBUTED TO PIERRE-HARRY MEWESEN, LATE 18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU-MOUNTED TULIPWOOD, SYCAMORE, AMARANTH AND PARQUETRY TABLE-A-ECRIRE
    ATTRIBUTED TO PIERRE-HARRY MEWESEN, LATE 18TH CENTURY
    Decorated à quatre faces with a pattern of flower-filled octagons, the canted rectangular top mounted with a moulded rim and sliding back to reveal a frieze drawer fitted with a leather-lined writing surface, an inkwell, a pen tray and a well, above two further drawers similarly decorated sans traverse, the canted angles mounted with ribbon-tied laurel and rose garlands, above tapering legs headed by reeded collars and terminating in foliate-cast sabots
    28½ in. (73 cm.) high; 20½ in. (52 cm.) wide; 14 in. (36 cm.) deep


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    Pierre-Harry Mewesen, maître in 1766.

    The sophisticated octagonal parquetry decorating all sides of this table-a-ecrire is similar to examples found in Martin Carlin's (maître in 1766) oeuvre and can be found on the pair commodes of similarly architectural form as the present example, though of much larger proportions in the Gulbenkian Museum (ill. A. Pradère, French Furniture Makers, Paris 1989, p.363, fig 432), as well as on a related table-à-écrire, stamped by Mewesen, sold from the Collection of the Baron de Rédé, at Sotheby's, Monte Carlo, 26 May 1975, lot 284.

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    Provenance

    Acquired by Ogden Mills for the Hôtel de Broglie, 73 rue de Varenne, Paris.
    Thence by descent.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A LADY (LOTS 122-127)