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A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU-MOUNTED MAHOGANY AND PLUM PUDDING MAHOGANY ('ACAJOU MOUCHETE') BUREAU A CYLINDRE
A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU-MOUNTED MAHOGANY AND PLUM PUDDING MAHOGANY ('ACAJOU MOUCHETE') BUREAU A CYLINDRE
A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU-MOUNTED MAHOGANY AND PLUM PUDDING MAHOGANY ('ACAJOU MOUCHETE') BUREAU A CYLINDRE
A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU-MOUNTED MAHOGANY AND PLUM PUDDING MAHOGANY ('ACAJOU MOUCHETE') BUREAU A CYLINDRE
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A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU-MOUNTED MAHOGANY AND PLUM PUDDING MAHOGANY ('ACAJOU MOUCHETE') BUREAU A CYLINDRE

BY JEAN-FRANÇOIS LELEU, CIRCA 1775

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A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU-MOUNTED MAHOGANY AND PLUM PUDDING MAHOGANY ('ACAJOU MOUCHETE') BUREAU A CYLINDRE BY JEAN-FRANÇOIS LELEU, CIRCA 1775 With rectangular molded Carrara marble top within three-quarter pierced gallery above a panelled frieze and cylinder enclosing open compartments and a sliding rectangular gilt-tooled inset black leather writing panel above a frieze drawer flanked by two short drawers on the left and a coffer on the right, on circular tapering stop-fluted legs ending in toupie sabots, stamped J.F. LELEU to the exterior on the right 44 ½ in. (113 cm.) high, 42 ¾ in. (108.5 cm.) wide, 21 in. (53.5 cm.) deep
Provenance
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, Monaco, 20 November 1986, lot 947.
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Please note this lot will be moved to Christie’s Fine Art Storage Services (CFASS in Red Hook, Brooklyn) at 5pm on the last day of the sale. Lots may not be collected during the day of their move to Christie’s Fine Art Storage Services. Please consult the Lot Collection Notice for collection information. This sheet is available from the Bidder Registration staff, Purchaser Payments or the Packing Desk and will be sent with your invoice.

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Jean-François Leleu, maître in 1764.
Jean-François Leleu was one of the favored assistants in the workshop of the great ébéniste Jean-François Oeben (1721-1763). After the early death of his master, he hoped to be entrusted with the running of the workshop, but was superseded by Jean-Henri Riesener (1734-1806), another of Oeben's assistants. Riesener married Oeben's widow and went on to become the court ébéniste of King Louis XVI and Queen Marie-Antoinette. Leleu left the workshop, became maître-ébéniste in 1764 and set up on his own. He attracted a grand and fastidious clientele, notably the Duc d'Uzés, Baron d'Ivry, and Ange-Laurent Lalive de Jully. By the early 1770s Leleu’s was known as the most important proponent of the avantgarde goût grec. Between 1772 and 1777 his most important patron was the prince de Condé, who commissioned a number of pieces from Leleu, including commodes for his daughter-in-law the duchesse de Bourbon, to furnish the Palais de Bourbon. Pieces from these and other important commissions are in the Wallace Collection, London, the Petit Trianon, and the Louvre.

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