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Louis XV Style Gilt-Bronze Marquetry Writing Desk and Cartonnier


A highly unusual Louis XV style gilt bronze-mounted marquetry writing desk and cartonnier. The clock face signed 'BRINDEAU / A PARIS'. The lockplate signed 'VF Paris'. This unusual writing desk has a bombé shaped cartonnier (an ornamental box for papers usually for placing on a desk), surmounted by a gilt-bronze putto and a cockerel. The top section is inset with a clock above eight tooled green leather fronted drawers with scroll handles, the shaped sides and back finely inlaid with marquetry panels. The lower section has a fall-front frieze drawer with leather writing surface, opening to two small interior drawers. It is supported by four cabriole legs with fine gilt-bronze acanthus mounts. The distinctive shape and form of the cartonnier bears close comparison to a Louis XV style bureau by Joseph-Emanuel Zwiener which also incorporates eight leather fronted drawers but is surmounted by a pair of gilt bronze putti and a hound. A further related bureau and cartonnier by Boudet is illustrated by D. Ledoux-Lebard in her book 'Le Mobilier Francais du XIXe Siecle', p. 95. French, circa 1880. Literature: Ledoux - Lebard, Denise. Les Ébénistes du XIXe siècle', Les Editions de L'Amateur, (Paris), 1984; p. 95.  


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    circa 1880
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    H 82.68 in. x W 33.47 in. x D 32.29 in.

    H 210 cm x W 85 cm x D 82 cm

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    London, GB
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