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A FRENCH ORMOLU, CUT-BRASS, IMITATION TORTOISESHELL AND PEWTER INLAID EBONISED BUREAU PLAT BY JOSEPH CREMER, the serpentine rectangular top with an ormolu-banded edge inlaid with a cut-brass and pewter design of panels and foliate scrolls, the frieze with an entrelac flower-filled pattern and centred by a bearded mask, fitted with two concealed drawers, the reverse also with a mask head, on square shaped cabriole legs headed with foliate clasps and terminating in sabots, the underside of the frame stamped three times CREMER/MARQUETEUR (one sabot loose, one sabot lost), second half 19th Century

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A FRENCH ORMOLU, CUT-BRASS, IMITATION TORTOISESHELL AND PEWTER INLAID EBONISED BUREAU PLAT BY JOSEPH CREMER, the serpentine rectangular top with an ormolu-banded edge inlaid with a cut-brass and pewter design of panels and foliate scrolls, the frieze with an entrelac flower-filled pattern and centred by a bearded mask, fitted with two concealed drawers, the reverse also with a mask head, on square shaped cabriole legs headed with foliate clasps and terminating in sabots, the underside of the frame stamped three times CREMER/MARQUETEUR (one sabot loose, one sabot lost), second half 19th Century
48in. (122cm.) wide; 28¾in. (73cm.) high; 32in. (81.5cm.) deep

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This ebony centre-table, with its silvered and golden arabesque inlay enriched with ormolu satyr-masks and acanthus foliage in the Louis XIV manner associated with André-Charles Boulle (d. 1732), is typical of the revived Louis XIV style of the Parisian ébéniste Joseph Cremer (d. circa 1878). A specialist marqueteur, he supplied furniture to King Louis-Philippe (d. 1848), as well as the King of Holland. He was awarded medals at the major exhibitions, including those of 1855 in Paris and 1862 in London
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