26 November 2002
A LOUIS XV PROVINCIAL FRUITWOOD AND MARQUETRY BUREAU MAZARIN
The molded top above a central kneehole flanked by two drawers, with blind drawers on the opposite side, the drawers and panels inlaid with scrolling floral marquetry, on cabriole legs
29in. (74cm.) high, 64½in. (184cm.) wide, 32½in. (83cm.) deep
Cole and Linda Porter, Williamstown, Massachusetts
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B. Baldwin, Billy Baldwin Decorates, Secaucus, NJ, 1972, pp. 186-189.
This desk formed part of the Porter's collection of eighteenth century French furniture, most of which was acquired in the 1920's for their house on the Rue Monsieur in Paris. These pieces were later moved to their apartment in the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York and country house in Williamstown.
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