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    Sale 2037

    Important European Furniture, Ceramics, and Carpets

    21 November 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 62

    AN EARLY LOUIS XV ORMOLU-MOUNTED BOIS SATINE AND KINGWOOD BUREAU PLAT

    CIRCA 1720, THE TOP VENEERED ON WALNUT AND PROBABLY REPLACED

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    AN EARLY LOUIS XV ORMOLU-MOUNTED BOIS SATINE AND KINGWOOD BUREAU PLAT
    CIRCA 1720, THE TOP VENEERED ON WALNUT AND PROBABLY REPLACED
    The leather-lined writing surface above three frieze drawers and three blind frieze drawers, the angles with female masks chutes, the ends with figural mounts depicting Urania, goddess of Astronomy, bearing a paper label typed 'Property of F. L. Belin 1623 28th St., N. W. Washington, D.C.', the mounts regilt and probably originally lacquered, extensive restorations to veneer
    29½ in. (75 cm.) high, 70¼ in. (178.5 cm.) wide, 34¾ in. (88.5 cm.) deep


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    The elegant end mounts of this bureau plat are emblematic of Urania, the muse of Astronomy.

    Provenance

    F. Belin, Washington, D.C.
    Property from The Mary C. Belin Trust; sold Christie's, New York, 30 October 1996, lot 350.


    Saleroom Notice

    Please note a bureau plat with an identical mount of Urania was sold Christie's London, 5 July, 2001, lot 228 and additional bureaux plat with the same mounts were sold Christie's London, 17 May 1968, lot 49 and 7 December 1989, lot 138.


    Pre-Lot Text

    JAMES GRAFSTEIN, NEW YORK ANTIQUAIRE
    (LOTS 41-74)