• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 2203

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe Including Carpets from The Corcoran Gallery of Art

    24 November 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 260

    A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU-MOUNTED TULIPWOOD SYCAMORE AND PARQUETRY COMMODE

    CIRCA 1775, ATTRIBUTED TO FERDINAND BURY

    Price Realised  

    A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU-MOUNTED TULIPWOOD SYCAMORE AND PARQUETRY COMMODE
    CIRCA 1775, ATTRIBUTED TO FERDINAND BURY
    The white marble top above one long and two short frieze-drawers ending in caps, with numbers in blue to the reverse 'H2/42', alterations to central locking mechanism of top drawers
    34½ in. (87.5 cm.) high, 51¼ in. (130 cm.) wide, 24½ in. (62.5 cm.) deep


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    With its distinctive central oval panel of cube parquetry, this commode is related to the work of the ébéniste Ferdinand Bury (maître in 1775). The distinctive characteristic of an ormolu-bound circular or oval reserve filled with parquetry, along with faux-fluted legs, are similarities seen on a group of commodes and cylinder bureaux stamped by Bury. A slightly breakfronted commode with a circular panel of cube parquetry by Bury is illustrated in P. Kjellberg, Le Mobilier Français du XVIIIe siecle, Paris, 1989, p. 126, and a further commode with a more vertical oval panel by Bury was sold from the Estate of the late Giuseppe Rossi, Sotheby's, London, 12 March 1999, lot 1274. The Rossi commode was subsequently sold with an identical commode stamped Bury (as a pair) from the collection of Monsieur et Madame Luigi Anton Laura, Sotheby's Paris, 27 June 2001, lot 72.

    Provenance

    The Blumenthal collection.
    with Segoura, Paris.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A NOBLE COLLECTION (LOT 260)