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A LARGE FRENCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED KINGWOOD AND TULIPWOOD BUREAU PLAT
PROPERTY FROM AN OHIO ESTATE (LOTS 134-205)
A LARGE FRENCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED KINGWOOD AND TULIPWOOD BUREAU PLAT

IN THE MANNER OF CHARLES CRESSENT, BY FRANÇOIS LINKE, LATE 19TH/EARLY 20TH CENTURY

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A LARGE FRENCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED KINGWOOD AND TULIPWOOD BUREAU PLAT IN THE MANNER OF CHARLES CRESSENT, BY FRANÇOIS LINKE, LATE 19TH/EARLY 20TH CENTURY Of serpentine bombé form, the shaped rectangular top inset with a gilt-tooled brown leather writing surface, the frieze fronted by a central drawer with rocaille cast frame, flanked to each side by a deep drawer with music-making putti, the reverse with false drawers, the sides with putti supporting a tight-rope-walking monkey, the angles headed by espagnolette busts, on tapering legs and heavy acanthus-scrolled sabots, signed F. Linke to the front right corner, the lockplates stamped DUVIVIER PARIS 77 FB.ST ANTOINE 32¾ in. (83 cm.) high; 79 in. (200.5 cm.) wide; 41½ in. (105 cm.) deep
Provenance
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, New York, 20 April 2007, lot 133.

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With its distinctive child and monkey mounts and sumptuous espagnolette-headed angles, this bureau is a grand-scale interpretation of a pair of commodes au singe made circa 1745 by the celebrated ébéniste, Charles Cressent. Very similar bureaux by Joseph-Emannuel Zwiener, were sold Christie's, London, 18 March 2004, lot 89 (£50,190) and Sotheby's, London, 24-25 May 1995, lot 65 (£95,000).

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