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A ROYAL LOUIS XV GILT-TOOLED BURGUNDY LEATHER COFFRE À VOYAGE
A ROYAL LOUIS XV GILT-TOOLED BURGUNDY LEATHER COFFRE À VOYAGE
A ROYAL LOUIS XV GILT-TOOLED BURGUNDY LEATHER COFFRE À VOYAGE
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A ROYAL LOUIS XV GILT-TOOLED BURGUNDY LEATHER COFFRE À VOYAGE

ATTRIBUTED TO PIERRE VENTE, MID-18TH CENTURY

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A ROYAL LOUIS XV GILT-TOOLED BURGUNDY LEATHER COFFRE À VOYAGE ATTRIBUTED TO PIERRE VENTE, MID-18TH CENTURY With hinged domed lid enclosing a compartment above a sham drawer and fall-front enclosing two long drawers, the sides fitted with carrying handles, decorated throughout with scrolling foliate and the coats-of-arms of Mesdames enclosing fleur-de-lys 26 ¼ in. (67 cm.) high, 38 ¼ in. (97.5 cm.) wide, 23 in. (58.5 cm.) wide
Provenance
Supplied to Mesdames, daughters of Louis XV.
Marjorie Wiggin Prescott; Christie's, New York, 22 November 1980, lot 249.
Acquired from Mallett, London, April 1985.
COMPARATIVE LITERATURE:
P. Verlet, Recherches sur quelques coffres en usage à la Cour de France à propos des deux coffres du Musée de Lisbonne, Joâo Couto, In Memoriam, Lisbonne, 1971, p. 241.
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As the present lot is decorated with the coats-of-arms of Mesdames enclosing fleur-de-lys, it was almost certainly delivered by the Menus Plaisirs for the use of the Filles de France, daughters of Louis XV. Madame Marie-Adélaïde de France (d. 1800), fourth daughter of Louis XV and a noted bibliophile, is known to have had a preference for red morocco leather as her library contained more than 10,000 volumes bound in this material. The present box is particularly rare for its large size. For smaller similar coffers by Vente, also almost certainly delivered to Mesdames, see Christie’s, London, 4 July 2017, lot 3 and La Vie de Château: Collection Jean-Louis Remilleux, Christie’s, Paris, 28-29 September 2015, lot 400. Pierre Vente (b. 1722, active until 1792), initially worked under the patronage of the Maréchal de Richelieu and in 1753 became Relieur (bookbinder) for the Menus Plaisirs du Roi and in 1764 Libraire. Each year he supplied several coffers of different uses, such as for domestic storage or travel, to Mesdames, who passed them onto their entourage when they were considered too old.

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