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A LOUIS XV WALNUT, BURR-WALNUT FRUITWOOD MARQUETRY BUREAU
A LOUIS XV WALNUT, BURR-WALNUT FRUITWOOD MARQUETRY BUREAU

STAMPED HACHE FILS, GRENOBLE, CIRCA 1765-1770

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A LOUIS XV WALNUT, BURR-WALNUT FRUITWOOD MARQUETRY BUREAU
STAMPED HACHE FILS, GRENOBLE, CIRCA 1765-1770
The hinged fall-front revealing a fitted interior and concealed well, one drawer stamped 'HACHE FILS GRENOBLE' and with a paper label (illustrated), the fall-front with central floral marquetry cartouche flanked by geometric line-inlay, above two drawers decorated sans traverse on cabriole legs, restorations, the back probably replaced
38½ in. (98 cm.) high; 38 in. (96.5 cm.) wide; 19½ in. (49.5 cm.) deep

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This bureau de pente typifies the distinctive oeuvre of Jean-Franois Hache (1730-1796), the best known of the celebrated family of cabinet-makers from Grenoble. The fourth of the twelve children of Pierre Hache, he set up on his own around 1754, producing a wide variety of both domestic and luxurious furniture, often employing distinctive local woods with bold marquetry panels. His pieces often carry a trade label, proudly advertising the range of his output, as on this example, where he styled himself 'Ebéniste de Monseigneur le Duc d'Orleans'.

The present bureau with its central floral marquetry cartouche flanked by geometric line-inlay, relates to a group of Transitional furniture with undulating and neo-classical forms executed by Jean-François Hache circa 1765-'70, which is illustrated in P.Rouge, Le Génie des Hache, Dijon, 2005, p. 384.
The paper label: according to René Fonvieille, La Dynastie des Hache, this paper label would have been the first used by Jean-François Hache, before 1770, probably circa 1765.
The stamp: Pierre Hache, Jean-François' father, starts to use the stamp "HACHE A.GRENOBLE" circa 1747.
When he succeeded his father in 1760, Jean-François uses his own stamp, by interposing the word "FILS", until 1776.

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