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    Sale 5201

    Style & Spirit

    27 November 2007, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 427

    A NAPOLEON III GILT BRONZE MOUNTED BRASS AND TORTOISESHELL INLAID AND EBONISED MEUBLE D'APPUI

    BY MATHIEU BEFORT, DIT BEFORT JEUNE, SECOND HALF 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A NAPOLEON III GILT BRONZE MOUNTED BRASS AND TORTOISESHELL INLAID AND EBONISED MEUBLE D'APPUI
    BY MATHIEU BEFORT, DIT BEFORT JEUNE, SECOND HALF 19TH CENTURY
    The doors inlaid in contra parti with scrolled and folitae strapwork and musical trophies, the central stile with a meander patterna dn with foliate and lion mask clasps and with scrolled strapwork mounts to the corners and shell cast hinges on a raised plinth and turned feet, stanped to the reverse 'BEFORT JEUNE' and inscribed 'DAGUERRE'.
    43½in. (110cm.) high; 52in. (133cm.) wide; 16in. (41cm.) deep


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    Mathieu Befort, ditBefort Jeune, was the son of Jean-Baptiste Befort (d.1840), who established his Paris workshops in 1817 in the Faubourg Saint-Honoré. He was a brother of Bernard Befort, aebeniste-marqueteur and 'antiquaire' and like him, specialised in 'Meubles de Boulle'. The firm received a medal at the 1844 Exposition de l'Industrie Française. Befort Jeune was recorded at Neuves-Saint-Gilles from 1844 until 1880.

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