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A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU-MOUNTED TULIPWOOD, BOIS CITRONNIER AND PARQUETRY BUREAU PLAT
A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU-MOUNTED TULIPWOOD, BOIS CITRONNIER AND PARQUETRY BUREAU PLAT

CIRCA 1775, STAMPED 'G DESTER'

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A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU-MOUNTED TULIPWOOD, BOIS CITRONNIER AND PARQUETRY BUREAU PLAT
CIRCA 1775, STAMPED 'G DESTER'
Of rectangular form, the top lined with later green velvet, above a pair of panelled and beaded drawers veneered with flower-filled trellis parquetry, the reverse with a pair of sham drawers and the ends similarly decorated, on guttae-headed tapering square legs ending in later ormolu sabots, stamped to underside of right end
29½ in. (75 cm.) high, 39¾ in. (101 cm.) wide, 19¼ in. (49 cm.) deep

Lot Essay

Godefroy Dester, maître in 1774.

Godefroy Dester (1768-1805) was a relatively little known ébéniste based in the rue du Faubourg-Saint-Antoine. He was evidently well regarded by his onfrères however, as he was chosen as the ébéniste for a magnificent porcelain-mounted commode supplied to the Comte d'Artois, designed by the architect François-Joseph Bélanger, which is his most celebrated masterpiece (sold in these Rooms, 17 June 1987, lot 70).

A matched pair of occasional tables with identical flower-filled trellis parquetry, (one stamped by Dester ) were sold Christie's New York, 17-18 May 2005, lot 415,(one of which is also illustrated in P. Kjellberg, Le Mobilier Français du XVIIIe Siècle, Paris, 1989, p. 261). A further single occasional table by Dester with the same parquetry sold anonymously, Christie's London, 12 June 2003, lot 1079. A very similar bureau plat, apparently unstamped, was in the collection of Sir Anthony de Rothschild, Bt., then the Hon. Mrs. Yorke, before it was sold on 5 May, 1927 (location unknown).

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