30 April 1999
A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU-MOUNTED TULIPWOOD AND OYSTER-VENEERED LABURNUM BUREAU D'ECRAN
Circa 1785, stamped twice 'C.L.COSTE' and inscribed fai par Joseph Franois Chevantrez
The pierced three-quarter-galleried grey bardiglio marble top above three drawers and a cylinder enclosing a fitted interior with green leather-lined writing-slide, four further drawers and three pigeon-holes, the rear fitted with a green silk sliding-screen, on trestle-end supports joined by twin bar stretchers, splayed feet and castors, the interior of the superstructure drawers indistinctly inscribed in pencil fai (?) par Jos..., the underside of the slide inscribed fai (sic) par Joseph Franois Chevantrez
36in. (92cm.) high, 21in. (55cm.) wide, 11in. (29cm.) deep
Anonymous sale, Ader Picard Tajan, Paris, 20 June 1978, lot 134.
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Charles-Louis Coste, matre in 1784
Joseph-Franois Chevantrez, probably working as an apprentice, is apparently unrecorded.
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