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Mechanical Desk by Alfred Emmanuel Louis Beurdeley

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This superb mechanical desk by famed French ebeniste Alfred Emmanuel Louis Beurdeley is both an artistic and engineering achievement. A Parisian cabinetmaker, from a family of ebenistes, antique dealers and collectors who specialized in the manufacture of luxurious French furnishings, Beurdeley created extraordinary works which earned him a Gold Medal at the Paris Exhibition Universelle of 1889. He was much admired for his 19th century interpretations of Louis XV designs and this incredible desk is a stunning example of his expert vision and ability. A similar table is featured in 19th century European Furniture by Christopher Payne, page 54. After working alongside his father for many years, Alfred Beurdeley became the successor to his family’s prosperous furniture manufacturing enterprise in 1875. The company specialized in high-quality, 18th century revivals and his extravagant style captured the attention of wealthy Parisians eager to decorate their estates with rare and important Louis XV and Louis XIV-style furnishings. Beurdeley exhibited his works at the International Exposition of 1878, the Amsterdam Exposition of 1893, after which he was appointed Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur and the Paris Exposition Universelle of 1889. Shortly after obtaining the prestigious honor of the Gold Medal in Paris, Beurdeley closed his shop in 1895, sold his famous collection, and spent the remainder of his life in seclusion. In the short span of 20 years, Beurdeley made an indelible mark on the history of 19th century French furnishings, for his creations remain among the finest of the period.

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  • Dimensions
    H 29.75 in. x W 49.75 in. x D 24.5 in.H 75.57 cm x W 126.37 cm x D 62.23 cm
  • Seller Location
    New Orleans, LA
  • Seller Reference Number
    29-1724
  • Reference Number
    U100419891110
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