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A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU-MOUNTED KINGWOOD, TULIPWOOD, AMARANTH, MOTHER-OF-PEARL INLAID CHINESE LACQUER AND JAPANNED SECRETAIRE A ABATTANT
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A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU-MOUNTED KINGWOOD, TULIPWOOD, AMARANTH, MOTHER-OF-PEARL INLAID CHINESE LACQUER AND JAPANNED SECRETAIRE A ABATTANT

BY PIERRE-HARRY MEWESEN, LATE 18TH CENTURY

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A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU-MOUNTED KINGWOOD, TULIPWOOD, AMARANTH, MOTHER-OF-PEARL INLAID CHINESE LACQUER AND JAPANNED SECRETAIRE A ABATTANT
BY PIERRE-HARRY MEWESEN, LATE 18TH CENTURY
The grey Saint Anne marble top with canted angles, over a guilloche-mounted frieze drawer and fall enclosing a black leather writing surface, six lacquer-fronted drawers and pigeon holes, over a pair of doors enclosing a shelf and safe box, stamped P.H. MEWESEN and JME
54 ¼ in. (138 cm.) high; 38 ½ in. (98 cm.) wide; 17 in. (43 cm.) deep
Provenance
Rodolphe-Ferdinand Grand, Paris.
Château d’Hauteville, since 1808.
Literature
Listed in the 1798 inventory of Rodolphe-Ferdinand Grand for 118 Rue Neuve-des-Capucines in Paris.
Listed in the 1808-1818 inventory of Château d’Hauteville, after Daniel Grand d'Hauteville renovated the château.
F. Grand d’Hauteville, Le Château d’Hauteville, Lausanne, 1932, pp. 90 and 132.
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Pierre-Harry Mewesen, Maître Ébéniste in 1766.

Originally from Scandinavia, Pierre Harry Mewesen worked in Paris and produced high quality furniture in the Louis XV style and more commonly transitional and Louis XVI pieces including commodes, bureaux, secretaires and encoignures. Many examples of his work are decorated with marquetry depicting flowers, musical instruments and trophies and his mounts are usually restrained and discreet. Some of his rarer pieces include lacquer and the present secretaire (as well as lot 23, the commode) demonstrate less common use of lacquer depicting Oriental landscapes.

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