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A LOUIS XIV ORMOLU-MOUNTED BRASS-INLAID TORTOISESHELL AND EBONY BIBLIOTHEQUE
A LOUIS XIV ORMOLU-MOUNTED BRASS-INLAID TORTOISESHELL AND EBONY BIBLIOTHEQUE

CIRCA 1710, IN THE MANNER OF NICOLAS SAGEOT

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A LOUIS XIV ORMOLU-MOUNTED BRASS-INLAID TORTOISESHELL AND EBONY BIBLIOTHEQUE
CIRCA 1710, In the manner of Nicolas Sageot
Decorated with strapwork panels, the two doors fitted with wire-mesh, enclosing ten shelves, above two drawers on later feet, restorations, replacements to marquetry and remounted
105 in. (266.5 cm.) high; 73 in. (185.5 cm.) wide; 22¼ in. (56.5 cm.) deep
Provenance
Probably acquired from Philippe Kraemer, Paris (from whom a certificat d'expertise survives).

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Lot Essay

This impressive armoire relates to the oeuvre of the cabinet-maker Nicolas Sageot (1666-1731), discussed by Pierre Grand in 'Le Mobilier Boulle et les ateliers de l'époque', L'Estampille/L'Objet d'Art, February 1993, p. 48-70. Although the stamping of furniture under the guild system was not widely used until 1743, this armoire relates to some of the rare pieces stamped 'NS' (for Nicolas Sageot), including a pair of armoires sold at Christie's, London, 17 June 1987, lot 65; and another pair, sold at Tajan, Paris, 3 April 1996, lot 95.
Although Sageot's production is scantily documented, his atelier clearly flourished and it is known that on 26 July 1720 he sold 16,000 livres worth of furniture to the marchand-mercier Léonard Prieur, amongst which were several armoires à dôme, valued between 400 and 1000 livres.
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