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

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

A Fine Napoleon III Gilt-Bronze Mounted Secrétaire à Abattant

c. 1860 France

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A Fine Napoleon III Gilt-Bronze Mounted Sycamore, Amaranth and Mahogany Secrétaire à Abattant With Sèvres Style Porcelain Plaques By A. Leclaire, Paris.

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.
Peter Hughes, The Wallace Collection: Catalogue of Furniture, London, 1996, pl. 90, for the original model by A. Schumann.

Savill, R., The Wallace Collection Catalogue of Sèvres Porcelain, London: The Trustees of the Wallace Collection, II, 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
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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