• Cabinet d'un Amateur Européen auction at Christies

    Sale 7822

    Cabinet d'un Amateur Européen

    9 December 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 364

    A LOUIS XVI POLISHED STEEL LIT A BALDAQUIN

    ATTRIBUTED TO JACQUES-ANTOINE COURBIN, LATE 18TH CENTURY

    Estimate

    A LOUIS XVI POLISHED STEEL LIT A BALDAQUIN
    ATTRIBUTED TO JACQUES-ANTOINE COURBIN, LATE 18TH CENTURY
    The gilt-metal baldaquin above two curved supports, and pierced triangular-shaped sides centred by rosettes and with urn finials, on turned tapering legs, with castors, stamped '2', with red velvet covers
    82 in. (208 cm.) high, overall; 76½ in. (194 cm.) wide; 49½ in. (126 cm.) deep


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    The fashion for luxurious objects and furniture made of polished steel, undoubtedly imitating silver, reached its peak at the end of 18th Century and the Garde-Meuble Royal lists commissions by Courbin, Jubault, Deumier, Tranoi, Perrache, Turquoi and Chaille. Between 1784 and 1787 the Royal locksmith Jacques-Antoine Courbin supplied polished steel beds for the appartments of the Royal princes. The description and dimensions of the present example might refer to that of a bed executed for the Dauphin by Courbin which is mentioned in a 1792 inventory as 'pour les garçons de la chambre... deux lits de fer à quatre colonnes à châssis plats de six pieds de long, 6 pieds 6 po de haut et 3 pieds 8 po de large ... ... preisés a 2 422 livres'.

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    Provenance

    Anonymous sale, Sotheby's, Monaco, 26-27 February 1992, lot 298.