Pair of Boulle Marquetry Inlaid Corner Cabinets by Béfort Jeune, circa 1870 For Sale
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Pair of Boulle Marquetry Inlaid Corner Cabinets by Béfort Jeune, circa 1870


A fine pair of Louis XIV style gilt bronze mounted and boulle marquetry inlaid corner cabinets depicting the Four Seasons, in the manner of Andre-charles boulle, by Béfort Jeune. French, circa 1870. Stamped to the reverse of the bronze mounts 'BJ' and 'SS'. Each cabinet has a gilt foliate banded black marble top over a pair of doors, each inlaid with arabesque scroll work and mounted with a gilt bronze relief figure representing the seasons. Mathieu Befort, (Befort Jeune), (1813-1880) is recorded as having worked in Paris at 1 rue Neuve-Saint-Gilles from 1836 to 1866 and later moving to No.6, residing there until 1880. He descended from a family of renowned ébénistes and was the son of Jean-Baptiste Befort, called Befort Père. Father and son are noted for their interpretations of furniture by André Charles Boulle and the creation of vernis matin and porcelain mounted furniture often in the manner of Riesener. He was a brother of Bernard Befort, ebeniste-marqueteur and 'antiquaire' and like him, specialised in 'Meubles de Boulle'. The firm received a medal at the 1844 Exposition de l'Industrie Française. The firm of Befort specialized in “furniture in the style of Boulle and in the use of bronze and hardstone” (LeDoux-Lebard, Denise. Le mobilier français du XIXe siècle, (Paris), 1965; p. 29) and received a medal at the 1844 Exposition des produits de l'industrie française. Befort Jeune was recorded at Neuves-Saint-Gilles from 1844 until 1880. Bibliography: LeDoux - Lebard, Denise. Les Ébénistes du XIXe siècle, Les Editions de L'Amateur, (Paris), 1984; pp. 48-50.


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    H 41.74 in. x W 38.59 in. x D 27.56 in.H 106 cm x W 98 cm x D 70 cm
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