A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU-MOUNTED TULIPWOOD, AMARANTH, EBONY AND FRUITWOOD MARQUETRY BUREAU-A-CYLINDRE
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A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU-MOUNTED TULIPWOOD, AMARANTH, EBONY AND FRUITWOOD MARQUETRY BUREAU-A-CYLINDRE

BY FIDELYS SCHEY, CIRCA 1780

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A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU-MOUNTED TULIPWOOD, AMARANTH, EBONY AND FRUITWOOD MARQUETRY BUREAU-A-CYLINDRE
BY FIDELYS SCHEY, CIRCA 1780
Inlaid overall with trellis parquetry, the white marble top with pierced gallery, above three short drawers, the cylinder shutter centred by an oval medallion with floral spray, enclosing a fitted interior with a leather-lined writing slide, above a frieze drawer flanked by two short drawers, and a drawer simulated as two, enclosing a coffre-fort, on turned tapering and simulated fluted legs, stamped 'F. Schey', partially remounted, including escutcheons and oak leaf trails
44 in. (112 cm.) high; 40½ in. (103 cm.) wide; 23½ in. (60 cm.) deep
Provenance
Christie's, London, 29 March 1979, lot 111, where acquired by the present owner.

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Lot Essay

Fidelys Schey, maître in 1777.

With its pure lines, elegant proportions and restrained decoration, the present bureau-à-cylindre is a prime example of the oeuvre of the ébéniste, whose production is distinguished by its architectural character and sober lines. The parquetry à chevrons, fine foliate encadrements and choice of fine - often mahogany - veneers are elements which are recurrent in his oeuvre and can be found on a related example similarly featuring a floral oval medallion, sold at Christie's, Monaco, 13 december 1997, lot 79.
The present lot is further related to bureaux-à-cylindre by celebrated ébénistes such as Ferdinand Bury (maître in 1774) including a bureau sold from the Collection of 'Comte and Comtesse Edouard Decazes, une Collection à Chantilly', Christie's, Paris, 16 November 2006, lot 293 (EUR103,200), or Daniel Deloose (maître in 1767) whose closely related bureau featuring virtually identical foliate handles, oak leaf trails and simulated fluted legs, was sold at Christie's, Paris, 24 June 2002, lot 195 (EUR 58,750).
Amongst the Royal pieces executed by the ébéniste, several tables à jeux supplied in 1786 for the château de Fontainebleau are recorded (P. Kjellberg, Le Mobilier Frandâis du XVIIIème Siècle, Paris, 1998, p.784).

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