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A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU-MOUNTED MAHOGANY AND EBONY-INLAID TABLE A ECRIRE
A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU-MOUNTED MAHOGANY AND EBONY-INLAID TABLE A ECRIRE
A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU-MOUNTED MAHOGANY AND EBONY-INLAID TABLE A ECRIRE
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A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU-MOUNTED MAHOGANY AND EBONY-INLAID TABLE A ECRIRE

BY JOSEPH GENGENBACH DIT CANABAS, LATE 18TH CENTURY

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A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU-MOUNTED MAHOGANY AND EBONY-INLAID TABLE A ECRIRE
BY JOSEPH GENGENBACH DIT CANABAS, LATE 18TH CENTURY
The rectangular ebony-banded top above a pierced fretwork frieze, on panelled square-sectioned tapering legs terminating in ormolu sabots
H: 74 cm x L: 73 cm x D: 48.5cm
Literature
G. Janneau, Le Meuble Leger en France, 1952, fig. 1756.

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Lot Essay

Joseph Gengenbach dit Canabas, maître in 1766.

Embellished with a pierced fretwork frieze clearly inspired by Chinese furniture prototypes, this elegant table is possibly the most precious and sophisticated piece made by Joseph Gengenbach (1712-1797), who was known as Canabas and became master in 1766. Whilst he was known for his innovative designs and superbly crafted pieces in solid timbers, mostly mahogany but also tulipwood, here he went a step further: the top is inlaid with ebony banding surrounding the figured mahogany central field, various sculpted mouldings are meticulously applied, and the feet are decorated with gilt-bronze. These luxurious features would suggest that this was a special commission, possibly for a member of the Royal family or immediate circle; various items by him with Royal inventory brands are known to exist which confirms these links. In 1952, Guillaume Janneau’s ‘Le Meuble Leger was published; the present table, then in an important private collection, was included in this publication, which was entirely dedicated to light and precious, small scale furniture.

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