21 October 2005
THE PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE COLLECTOR
(LOTS 204 - 206)
A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU-MOUNTED TULIPWOOD, SYCAMORE, MARQUETRY AND PARQUETRY SECRETAIRE A ABATTANT,
STAMPED TWICE 'L.BOUDIN' AND TWICE 'JME', LATE 18TH CENTURY
The rectangular grey and red marble top with outset corners above the fall-front decorated with a bureau plat with reading utensils and vases of flowers below drapery, enclosing a fitted tulipwood interior with four short drawers and three pigeon-holes, above a long drawer with numerous vessels, flanked by pilasters with simulated fluting and the sides with cube parquetry, on square tapering legs with inset corners and conforming later feet, mounts probably original and regilt, the top inscribed in black ink JP "Ro sans ...
44 in. (102 cm.) high, 38 in. (97 cm.) wide, 14½ in. (37 cm.) deep
Mary S. Harkness; Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, 17 - 19 January 1951, lot 847.
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Léonard Boudin, maître in 1761.
Offered to benefit a new scholarship initiative from Bennington College, this work distils the unique form of abstraction for which the artist would become famous
Ahead of the sale of portraits of four different muses, we focus on the women the artist came to depend on so passionately