An Antique Bureau Plat in the Manner of Edward Holmes Baldock
An Antique Bureau Plat in the Manner of Edward Holmes Baldock
An Antique Bureau Plat in the Manner of Edward Holmes Baldock

An Antique Bureau Plat in the Manner of Edward Holmes Baldock

c. 1840 England

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A Very Fine Bureau Plat in the Manner of Edward Holmes Baldock After a model by C.C. Saunier

English made, in the Louis XVth taste, constructed in Kingwood, with Purpleheart cross banding and adorned with bleu celeste porcelain plaques with hand painted floral decoration, and extensive fire gilt bronze mounts; rising from cabriole legs with brass sabots and bronze enrichments, in the apron, the one large central drawer is flanked by two smaller drawers with twenty four ‘Sevres’ porcelain plaques enclosed in symmetrical gilt bronze boss studded frames, chased, and with a sand form ground. The serpentine top framed with a conforming bronze guard strip, and enclosing a leather writing surface
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Baldock, Edward Holmes (1777-1845). First recorded at his address in Hanway Street, in 1805, he appears in the Post Office Directory for 1821, describing his business, as ‘buying selling and exchanging porcelain, bronzes and furniture’. He is known to have designed pieces in the manner of the ‘ancien regime’. His clients included the Duke of Buccleuch and George 1Vth. His dispersal sale was in 1843 on his retirement.

Claude Charles Saunier (1735-1805) whose father and grandfather were cabinet makers, was received as a maitre ebeniste at the extraordinarily early age of 17, in 1752, making his mark early: he was espoused by the marchand mercier Daguerre, who sold many of his pieces to clients in England, Germany and Holland. Examples of his works are to be seen in the Metropolitan Museum New York, the Louvre, Fontainbleau and the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. The bureau plat on which this piece was modelled may be seen in the Huntingdon Art Gallery, San Marino, California.
Dimensions
Height 77.00 cm (30.31 inches)
Width 125.00 cm (49.21 inches)
Depth 64.00 cm (25.20 inches)
Stock Code
6831
Medium
Kingwood, purpleheart, porcelain
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