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A French Neoclassic style ormolu-mounted mahogany bureau en cartonnier and en suite tub chair
A French Neoclassic style ormolu-mounted mahogany bureau en cartonnier and en suite tub chair

CIRCA 1890

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A French Neoclassic style ormolu-mounted mahogany bureau en cartonnier and en suite tub chair
Circa 1890
Applied throughout with scrolling foliage and anthemia, the cartonnier with arched cresting above a pair of drawers, the curved sloping front with six leather-fronted marbled-paper-lined drawers, above two further regular drawers, the back centred by a Bacchic mask, the desk with gilt-tooled tan-coloured leather writing surface, the panelled sides each with a pair of frieze drawers, on square tapering pharaohonic front legs, the back supported on a pair of winged lion monopodia on rectangular base centred by a flaming finial, on bun feet; together with a matching bergère
The bureau plat: 57¾in. (146.7cm.) high; 75in. (190.5cm.) wide; 37½in. (95.2cm.) deep (2)

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The orignal model for the present clock was supplied by Gérard-Jean Galle (d. 1846) to the Royal Palace in Stockholm in 1823 (see H. Ottomeyer and P. Pröschel, Vergoldete Bronzen, Munich, 1986. p. 397, fig. 5.18.12). Other similar examples may be found in the Prado and at Malmaison. An earlier version, without clock movement, was acquired in 1814 by Ferdinando III and may be found in the Palazzo Pitti, Florence (see M. Chiarini and S. Padovari, Gli Appartamenti Reali di Palazzo Pitti, Florence, 1993, p. 230, fig. II.39).
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