9 July 2009
A LOUIS XIV ORMOLU-MOUNTED AND BRASS-INLAID RED TORTOISESHELL BOULLE MARQUETRY BUREAU MAZARIN
LATE 17TH/EARLY 18TH CENTURY
Decorated overall in première partie with strapwork and foliate scrolls, the rectangular top centred by a floral cartouche within a lambrequined foliate border, with foliate clasps to the angles, above a recessed frieze drawer decorated with exotic birds and a kneehole cupboard with bérainesque motifs and mystical beasts, flanked to each side by three short drawers, the sides inlaid with conforming strapwork and foliate decoration, on canted square tapering legs joined by x-shaped stretchers and terminating in toupie feet
31 in. (79 cm.) high; 43½ in. (110.5 cm.) wide; 26¼ in. (66.5 cm.) deep
Reputedly sold by the Earl of Rosebery from Mentmore Towers, Buckinghamshire.
Christie's, London, 11 June 1998, lot 104, where acquired by the present owner.
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