• 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 10

    A PAIR OF LOUIS XVI ORMOLU-MOUNTED MAHOGANY CONSOLES-DESSERTES

    EACH STAMPED 'C.C. SAUNIER' AND 'JME', CIRCA 1775

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    A PAIR OF LOUIS XVI ORMOLU-MOUNTED MAHOGANY CONSOLES-DESSERTES
    EACH STAMPED 'C.C. SAUNIER' AND 'JME', CIRCA 1775
    Each with grey-veined white marble top and three-quarter pierced gallery above a central frieze drawer flanked by curved side drawers on columnar legs joined by a shelf stretcher, stamped to rear right uprights, the mounts apparently original
    34¾ in. (88 cm.) high, 57 in. (145 cm.) wide, 18¾ in. (47.5 cm.) deep (2)


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    Claude-Charles Saunier, maître in 1752.

    CLAUDE-CHARLES SAUNIER

    Descending from a family of ébénistes, Saunier was accepted into the community and the workshop of his father, Jean-Charles, in 1757. Located in the Rue Faubourg Saint-Antoine, the premises had originally been occupied by his grandfather, Charles. Upon his succession to his father's workshop in 1765, Claude-Charles registered his letters patent and continued the business. He briefly continued to adopt the Louis XV style and then rapidly adopted the neo-classic designs of the Transitional and Louis XVI periods that he appears to have favored, and for which he is now renowned.

    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED PRIVATE COLLECTION