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A LOUIS XV TULIPWOOD, AMARANTH AND MARQUETRY BONHEUR-DU-JOUR
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A LOUIS XV TULIPWOOD, AMARANTH AND MARQUETRY BONHEUR-DU-JOUR

BY LÉONARD BOUDIN

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A LOUIS XV TULIPWOOD, AMARANTH AND MARQUETRY BONHEUR-DU-JOUR
By Léonard Boudin
Crossbanded and inlaid with boxwood lines, decorated overall with exuberant floral marquetry in shaped cartouches, the rounded superstructure with an arched pierced gallery above a shaped shelf, the back and shaped supports above three small drawers, the rounded shaped rectangular top in scrolling foliate borders, above a green leather-lined writing-slide, two drawers and two doors, inlaid with conforming scrolling foliate borders, the sides inlaid with a floral spray within scrolling strapwork, on cabriole legs joined by a shaped rectangular platform inlaid with a flower-spray within scrolling foliate borders, on splayed feet with rockwork sabots, stamped 'L.BOUDIN' twice and 'JME' once, the handles replaced
45 in. (114 cm.) high; 26½ in. (67 cm.) wide; 16 in. (40½ cm.) deep
Léonard Boudin, maître in 1761
Literature
J. Nicolay, L'Art et la Manière des Maîtres Ébénistes Français, Paris, 1956, p. 65, fig. D.
P. Kjellberg, Le Mobilier Français du XVIIIe Siècle, Paris, 1989, p. 86, fig. A.
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Lot Essay

Boudin (d. 1807) was particularly renowned for the quality of his floral marquetry, a skill he learned while apprenticed to the ébéniste, Pierre II Migeon (d. 1758). In 1772, he began retailing furniture from premises on the rue Fromenteau, five years later he moved to the cloister of Saint-Germain-l'Auxerrois. Characteristic of his work are panels of floral marquetry encircled by ribbons of amaranth with scrolled angles, such as on the present piece. Large floral garlands are also associated with Boudin's marquetry. As a marchand-ébéniste, his stamp is often found alongside that of RVLC, Evald, Denizot and Gilbert, indicating that Boudin retailed these pieces on behalf of these ébénistes. Boudin worked not only with marquetry veneers, but also with Chinese lacquer and japanned (vernis) panels imitating Chinese lacquer. As a result of this activity, his stamp is found on many pieces of furniture and, at the end of his career in 1791, he maintained that many of those pieces were retailed by him.

A closely related pair of bonheurs-du-jour, one stamped by Boudin, was sold from the Collection of Madame H, Poulain Le Fur, Paris, 30 November 1998, lot 239. Another, also stamped by Boudin, was sold from the Robert von Hirsch collection, Sotheby's London, 23 June 1978, lot 618 (£16,000).
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