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    Sale 7812

    Belgravia and Lake Geneva - Two European Collections

    14 May 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 133

    A LOUIS XVI TULIPWOOD, KINGWOOD, AMARANTH AND FLORAL MARQUETRY TABLE A ECRIRE

    BY CHARLES TOPINO, CIRCA 1770

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    A LOUIS XVI TULIPWOOD, KINGWOOD, AMARANTH AND FLORAL MARQUETRY TABLE A ECRIRE
    BY CHARLES TOPINO, CIRCA 1770
    The crossbanded inlaid top above a frieze drawer and slide to the side, on square tapering legs with later gilt sabots, the underside stamped 'C. TOPINO JME'
    27 in. (68.5 cm.) high; 16½ in. (42 cm.) wide; 12½ in. (32 cm.) deep


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    Charles Topino, maître in 1773.

    Established in the rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine, Topino specialized in the production of light furniture enriched with marquetry, either in the form of flowers or 'naif' still-lives inspired by the borders of Chinese screens. Employed as a specialist marqueteur by marchands such as Héricourt, Dautriche, Migeon, Denizot, Delorme, Tuart, Boudin and Moreau. Topino's characteristic bronze dorés were cast by Viret, chased by Chamboin and Dubuisson and gilded by Bécard, Gérard and Vallet. As his daybook for the years 1771-79 clearly reveals, Topino had very few private clients. He supplied a table of this general form to a marchand at a cost of around sixty to seventy livres.

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