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A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU-MOUNTED SYCAMORE, TULIPWOOD, GREEN PAINTED MARQUETRY TABLE A ECRIRE
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A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU-MOUNTED SYCAMORE, TULIPWOOD, GREEN PAINTED MARQUETRY TABLE A ECRIRE

BY JEAN-JACQUES MANSER

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A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU-MOUNTED SYCAMORE, TULIPWOOD, GREEN PAINTED MARQUETRY TABLE A ECRIRE
By Jean-Jacques Manser
The eared rectangular top inlaid with geometric banding and trompe l'oeil of a table top with writing utensils, books and a flower vase, beneath drapery and flanked by a further table with another flower vase, the panelled frieze decorated with guilloch, fitted with a red leather-inlaid writing-slide, the right side with a walnut-lined drawer with three small open departments, on cut-cornered square tapering legs headed by paterae and guttae and terminating in block feet, stamped 'I. MANSER' and 'JME', the green-painted decoration of the frieze of a later date, largely remounted
28 in. (72 cm.) high; 31 in. (80 cm.) wide; 19¾ in. (50 cm.) deep
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Lot Essay

Jean-Jacques Mantzer, know as Manser, active during reign of Louis XVI

Small writing-desks decorated with amusing pictorial marquetries were most fashionable in the second half of the 18th Century. The marquetry panels depicted motifs of urns, vases of flowers, musical instruments and various domestic utensils. The work of Charles Topino, (maître in 1773) is particularly associated with this special form of marquetry. He also supplied panels to other cabinet-makers meeting the demands of the marchands-merciers. A table à écrire with nearly identical trompe l'oeil decoration and also stamped by Manser was sold Sotheby's London, 26 June 1964, lot 129.
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