A Highly Unusual Louis XV Style Writing Desk and Cartonnier
A Highly Unusual Louis XV Style Writing Desk and Cartonnier
A Highly Unusual Louis XV Style Writing Desk and Cartonnier
A Highly Unusual Louis XV Style Writing Desk and Cartonnier
A Highly Unusual Louis XV Style Writing Desk and Cartonnier

A Highly Unusual Louis XV Style Writing Desk and Cartonnier

c. 1880 France

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A Highly Unusual Louis XV Style Gilt-Bronze Mounted Marquetry Writing Desk and Cartonnier.

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.
Ledoux - Lebard, Denise. Les Ébénistes du XIXe siècle', Les Editions de L'Amateur, (Paris), 1984; p. 95.
Dimensions
Height 210.00 cm (82.68 inches)
Width 85.00 cm (33.46 inches)
Depth 82.00 cm (32.28 inches)
Stock Code
B67900
Medium
gilt-bronze
Signed/Inscribed
The clock face signed 'BRINDEAU / A PARIS'. The lockplate signed 'VF Paris'.
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