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A FRENCH OROMLU-MOUNTED OAK FOLIO CABINET CONTAINING 18 VOLUMES OF THE GALERIES HISTORIQUES DE VERSAILLES
A FRENCH OROMLU-MOUNTED OAK FOLIO CABINET CONTAINING 18 VOLUMES OF THE GALERIES HISTORIQUES DE VERSAILLES

CIRCA 1860

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A FRENCH OROMLU-MOUNTED OAK FOLIO CABINET CONTAINING 18 VOLUMES OF THE GALERIES HISTORIQUES DE VERSAILLES
Circa 1860
The rectangular burgundy leather-lined top with reading ledges to each end, splitting in the center to fold-up as reading surface, above a frieze drawer that opens to either end, set with a plaque to each side inscribed THE VOLUMES INTITULED GALERIES HISTORIQUES DE VERSAILLES/CONTAINED IN THIS CASE/WERE PRESENTED BY THEIR ROYAL HIGHNESSES THE PRINCES OF THE HOUSE OF ORLEANS/TO THE TRAVELLERS CLUB IN THE YEAR 1859, over sliding glazed doors to each half, enclosing brown carpet and dividers, set to the corners with carved rocaille and stylized flowers, on bracket feet
Comprising the following Books:
GAVARD, Charles (1794-1893). Galeries historiques de Versailles. Paris: Charles Gavard, 1838-1846. 18 volumes, comprising Serie 1-XII and 6 Supplements, 2o (572 x 410mm). Approximately 2,000 engraved plates, some folding, some on india paper mounted. (Some dampstaining and foxing throughout.) Dark blue morocco gilt, front cover with two double-fillet borders cornered by fleur-de-lis tools, each cover centering a French armorial device stamped in gilt, spine gilt-lettered and decorated, edges gilt (some wear, some hinges wear or cracked). A handsome copy of this important work, signed by four members of the Royal French House of Orléans on the half-title in volume one. Included is the signature of Louis Philippe D'Orléans, last reigning King of France. Sold as a collection of plates, not subject to return.
35in. (89cm.) high, 53in. (135cm.) wide, 46in. (117cm.) deep (19)
Provenance
Presented by their Royal Highnesses the Princes of the House of Orléans to the Travellers Club in the year 1859
The Old Bellows, Disley, Cheshire

Lot Essay

The case and the volumes contained within, as both the plaque and title page of volume I indicate, were presented to the London Travellers Club in 1859 by the Princes of the House of Orléans. One of the four signatures is that of Louis-Philippe of Orléans, the deposed King of France.

Louis-Philippe was crowned King in 1830 after popular uprisings forced his grandfather, Charles X, to abdicate in his favor. His reign lasted until the Revolution of 1848, when Louis-Philippe was himself forced to step down. He left for exile in England where he died in August 1850. The books, and possibly the case as well, were brought to England by the exiled Orléans Princes.

Although Louis-Philippe and his family prefered the Palais Royal in Paris and the châteaux at Neuilly and d'Eu as residences, Louis-Philippe was very interested in the restoration and improvement of the many other royal residences that had suffered in the previous decades. The Palace of Versailles, in particular, was reconstructed under his supervision and in 1837 the King inaugurated the Musée de l'Histoire de France at Versailles.
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