A Fine Napoléon III Gilt-Bronze Mounted Secrétaire à Abattant
A Fine Napoléon III Gilt-Bronze Mounted Secrétaire à Abattant
A Fine Napoléon III Gilt-Bronze Mounted Secrétaire à Abattant
A Fine Napoléon III Gilt-Bronze Mounted Secrétaire à Abattant
A Fine Napoléon III Gilt-Bronze Mounted Secrétaire à Abattant
A Fine Napoléon III Gilt-Bronze Mounted Secrétaire à Abattant
A Fine Napoléon III Gilt-Bronze Mounted Secrétaire à Abattant
A Fine Napoléon III Gilt-Bronze Mounted Secrétaire à Abattant

AÎNÉ JEAN-EUGÈNE LECLAIRE (worked from c.1850)

A Fine Napoléon III Gilt-Bronze Mounted Secrétaire à Abattant

1860 France

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A Fine Napoléon III Gilt-Bronze Mounted Sycamore, Amaranth and Mahogany Secrétaire à Abattant With Sèvres-Style Porcelain Plaque, by Leclaire, Paris.

Stamped twice to the carcass 'A. LECLAIRE/PARIS'.

Stamped to the reverse of the carcass 'M. CARLIN, JMV' with two oval branded seals with three fleurs de lys above a crown.

This exceptional Secrétaire à Abattant is based upon an important eighteenth century model in the Wallace Collection, London (Wallace Collection No. F305).

The cabinet is of Louis XVI style with a brocatelle violette d'Espagne marble top above a finely cast gilt-bronze lambrequin and drapery border and a frieze drawer. Below is a fall front inlaid with marquetry fleur de lys trellis and centred by a fine Sèvres-Style porcelain plaque depicting a farmyard scene framed by green borders with gilt tooled Vitruvian scrolls.

The fall front opens to a gilt-tooled leather writing surface embossed with the royal Bourbon seal. The cabinet has a fitted interior with an exceptional stained fruitwood capriccio depicting a figure in architectural ruins in the manner of Panini or Piranesi and flanked by an arrangement of drawers, including a long pen drawer, with integral gilt-bronze and brass inkwell and sand shaker.

The cabinet is raised on a stand fitted with a frieze drawer on fluted and reeded legs united by a galleried undertier.
Hughes, Peter. The Wallace Collection: Catalogue of Furniture, (London), 1996; pps. 966-69, pl. 195, for the original model by A. Schumann.

Savill, R. The Wallace Collection Catalogue of Sèvres Porcelain, The Trustees of the Wallace Collection, II, (London), 1988.
Dimensions
Height 151.00 cm (59.45 inches)
Width 79.00 cm (31.10 inches)
Depth 44.00 cm (17.32 inches)
Stock Code
B70127
Medium
Gilt-Bronze,Sycamore, Amaranth, Mahogany and Porcelain
Signed/Inscribed
Stamped twice to the carcass 'A. LECLAIRE/PARIS'. Stamped to the reverse of the carcass 'M. CARLIN, JMV' with two oval branded seals with three fleur de lys above a crown.
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