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    Sale 7445

    Important European Furniture, Sculpture and Tapestries

    6 December 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 207

    A RUSSIAN BRASS-MOUNTED MAHOGANY BUREAU

    19TH CENTURY AND LATER

    Price Realised  

    A RUSSIAN BRASS-MOUNTED MAHOGANY BUREAU
    19TH CENTURY AND LATER
    The superstructure with galleried rectangular top, set to the angles with vase finials, above an architectural cabinet with a central cupboard door flanked by further spring-locked doors and a row of similarly spring-locked drawers, flanked and divided by fluted pilasters, flanked to the sides with stepped drawers, the leather-lined writing surface flanked to the back and sides with a further balustraded gallery similarly set to the angles with vase finials, above a frieze fitted with three drawers and supported by turned and stop-fluted column legs with square capitals and joined by a stepped platform
    56 in. (153 cm.) high; 53 in. (135 cm.) wide; 27 in. (69 cm.) deep


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    With reference to the French ébéniste Georges Jacob, who popularised the extensive use of mahogany, this type of elegant brass-mounted mahogany furniture was often described as 'Jacob Style' and enjoyed wide success in Russia. The design for this sophisticated bureau was, however, influenced by another celebrated cabinet-maker, the German David Roentgen, who as ébéniste mécanicien of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette, dazzled not only the courts of Western Europe but also Catherine the Great as well as most Russian ébénistes of the late 18th and early 19th century, including Heinrich Gambs and Christian Meyer.
    Around 1783 Roentgen delivered such a monumental bureau with elegant columned stand surmounted by a stepped and galleried architectural superstructure to the Prussian court in Berlin (formerly Schlossmuseum Berlin), and in 1786, an even grander bureau of similar design but with rising mechanism to the court of Catherine the Great at St. Petersburg (see D. Fabian, Roentgenmöbel aus Neuwied, Bad Neustadt, 1986, pp. 90-91, ill. 178-180).

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A LADY (LOTS 205-207)