5 July 2007
PROPERTY OF THE DUKE OF WESTMINSTER
A PAIR OF LOUIS XV ORMOLU-MOUNTED KINGWOOD, TULIPWOOD, CUBE PARQUETRY AND MARQUETRY ENCOIGNURES
BY JEAN-MATHIEU CHEVALLIER, MID-18TH CENTURY
Each with moulded fleur de pêcher marble top, above a shaped door centered by a shaped medallion depicting musical attributes and foliage, enclosing a plain interior with two shelves, the keeled angles with foliate mounts, the apron centered by pierced rockwork, on short cabriole legs terminating in rockwork-cast sabots, each stamped 'CHEVALLIER', one with paper label 'Fort William No. 38 1948', the marble top probably associated
36¼ in. (92 cm.) high; 20¾ in. (52.5 cm.) diameter (2)
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Jean-Mathieu Chevallier (maître in 1743), was the brother of the ébéniste Charles Chevallier and worked for the Duc de Talmont and for Louise-Anne de Bourbon-Condé at the château de Villgénis. Chevallier is known for the harmonious lines and elegant floral marquetry of his pieces.
The pierced rockwork mounts running from the keeled angles to the sabots and flower-filled medallions are also characteristic of his work.
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