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    Sale 12029

    The Opulent Eye - 19th Century Furniture, Sculpture, Works of Art, Ceramics & Carpets

    7 June 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 80

    A NAPOLEON III GILTWOOD, POLYCHROME PAINTED AND SATINWOOD PIANO A QUEUE

    BY PLEYEL, SERIAL NUMBER 44741, PARIS, 1868, DECORATED BY PAUL-JACQUES-AIMÉ BAUDRY (FRENCH, 1828–1886) 

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    A NAPOLEON III GILTWOOD, POLYCHROME PAINTED AND SATINWOOD PIANO A QUEUE
    BY PLEYEL, SERIAL NUMBER 44741, PARIS, 1868, DECORATED BY PAUL-JACQUES-AIMÉ BAUDRY (FRENCH, 1828–1886) 
    Decorated overall with cameos of putti and classically draped maidens with musical instruments on a gilded ground with scrolling foliate swags and floral garlands, the keyboard flanked by swans neck decorations, the interior with cut-brass-inlaid ebony veneers and ivory keys, the swag-draped legs joined by a shaped stretcher, the keyboard cover signed 'PLEYEL', the front right top of the frame and underside stamped '44741' and with later label 'BURTON & WILSON / THE PIANO CRAFTSMEN', together with an later twin-seat cream painted and parcel-gilt bench, numbered '10961'
    Closed: 38 ¼ in. (97 cm.) high; 53 1/8 in. (135 cm.) wide; 88 ¼ in. (224 cm.) deep


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    The piano, serial no. 44741, is recorded in the Pleyel ‘Registre de fabrication’ for 1862 to 1868 as ‘queue p.p. [Petit Patron] 3 Louis XVI’, with ornamentation by Paul Baudry (d. 1886) (Archives Pleyel - Musée de la musique, E.2009.5.10). It was made from 5 March to circa May 1868, and sold on 23 July the same year to ‘Dusautoy, Paris’. 'Dusautoy' cannot be identified with certainty but could either be Auguste François Dusautoy (d. 1873), celebrated couturier to the Emperor in the second half of the 19th century, or Jacques-Léon Dusautoy, designer and illustrator at the Opéra Garnier, Paris. Interestingly, Paul Baudry who is credited with the decoration of this piano, also completed the decoration of the Grand Foyer at the Opéra Garnier. The piano was later sold from ‘L’Hôtel de feu Mme Dusautoy. Et provenant de sa propriété de Saint-Germain’, Hotel Drouot, 9-14 December 1889, lot 382, when it was in the 'Grand Salon':
    ‘Magnifique piano à queue, de Pleyel, en bois finement sculpté, partie décorée de médallions à sujets allégoriques à la danse, à la musique et au chant, encadré de guirlandes de fleurs se détachant sur un fond d’or relevé d’arabesques et d’élégants rinceaux. Avec bordures fondvert d’eau et moulures, lyres, guirlandes de fleurs et cygnes rehaussés d’or de couleur. Travail remarquable de style Louis XVI, pour les peintures attribuées à Baudry’.

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    Provenance

    Sold by Pleyel to 'Dusautoy, Paris' on 23 July 1868, and thence by descent until sold, Hotel Drouot, 9-14 December 1889, lot 382.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A LADY


    Literature

    Pleyel ‘Registre de fabrication’ for 1862 to 1868, Archives Pleyel - Musée de la musique, E.2009.5.10.
    ‘L’Hôtel de feu Mme Dusautoy. Et provenant de sa propriété de Saint-Germain’, Hotel Drouot, 9-14 December 1889, lot 382.