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A French ormolu-mounted mahogany cylinder bureau


A French ormolu-mounted mahogany cylinder bureau
In the Louis XVI style, Last quarter 19th Century
With rectangular white marble galleried top, above three small drawers, the cylinder slide with brass plaque engraved Sir Henry W. Peek Bart M.P. from The Earl of Beaconsfield, the interior with a pull-out gilt-tooled leather-lined writing surface and with three small drawers, above a kneehole with central drawer and a pair of small drawers flanking, the right side with a deep drawer, the interior with lockable compartment, on tapering fluted legs
51¼in. (130cm.) wide; 46in. (117cm.) high; 24½in. (62cm.) deep
The 1st Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli (d. 1881)
Then to Sir Henry William Peek (d. 1898)

Lot Essay

Although not signed, the authorship of this cylinder bureau may likely be by Georges-François Alix (d.1906). The casting of the ormolu mounts is well executed and typical of his work. The quality of his metal work was of such a standard that Linke used several Alix moulds after 1906.
The brass plaque records that the the cylinder bureau was from The Earl of Beaconsfield to Sir Henry Peek. Although they sat at opposite sides of the House, it was likely that they had a mutal admiration for each other. It is interesting to note that Peek became a member of parliament the year following Disraeli's Second Reform Act of 1867, which doubled the electorate.

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