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 Kingwood and 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, 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
Kingwood, Gilt-Bronze, Leather
Signed/Inscribed
The clock face signed BRINDEAU / A PARIS. The lockplate signed 'VF Paris'.
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