A FRENCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED, BRASS-INLAID TORTOISESHELL 'BOULLE' MARQUETRY AND EBONY SIDE CABINET, 'ARMOIRE A MEDAILLES'
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A FRENCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED, BRASS-INLAID TORTOISESHELL 'BOULLE' MARQUETRY AND EBONY SIDE CABINET, 'ARMOIRE A MEDAILLES'

BY MATHIEU BEFORT, DIT BEFORT JEUNE, PARIS, CIRCA 1860, AFTER THE MODEL BY ANDRE-CHARLES BOULLE

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A FRENCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED, BRASS-INLAID TORTOISESHELL 'BOULLE' MARQUETRY AND EBONY SIDE CABINET, 'ARMOIRE A MEDAILLES'
BY MATHIEU BEFORT, DIT BEFORT JEUNE, PARIS, CIRCA 1860, AFTER THE MODEL BY ANDRE-CHARLES BOULLE
Fitted with two cupboard doors mounted with figures of Socrates and Aspasia and with ribbon-tied trails of medals celebrating the life of Louis XIV, the carcass stamped 'BEFORT JEUNE', mount stamped 'BJ' and numbered '613'
51 ¾ in. (131.5 cm.) high; 49 ¼ in. (125 cm.) wide; 18 ¼ in. (46.5 cm.) deep
Provenance
Count Adam Wilhelm Joseph Knuth, Knuthenborg Estate, Denmark, and by descent to his son,
sold Sotheby's, London, 6 November 2014, lot 143.
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Lot Essay

The present cabinet is based on a celebrated series of low armoires created by André-Charles Boulle circa 1725, one of which is illustrated in A. Pradère, French Furniture Makers The Art of the Ébéniste from Louis XIV to the Revolution, London, 1989, p. 81, fig. 32. Celebrating the glory of Louis XIV, who is depicted in the medals suspended on the front of the cabinet, the model enjoyed a renewed appreciation in the 19th century, which led to the production of high-quality replicas amongst which is the present one by Matthieu Befort, dit Befort Jeune. One of the leading French furniture makers of the 19th century, Befort and his eponymous firm specialised in cabinetry inspired by Boulle, and faithfully replicated celebrated models from the Ancien Régime for a burgeoning international clientele. A nearly identical cabinet by Befort sold at Christie’s, London, 28 September 2006, lot 53 (£84,000).

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