An Impressive  Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze and  Pietre Dure Mounted  Ebonised Bureau Plat, After a Model By Charles Cressent
An Impressive  Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze and  Pietre Dure Mounted  Ebonised Bureau Plat, After a Model By Charles Cressent
An Impressive  Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze and  Pietre Dure Mounted  Ebonised Bureau Plat, After a Model By Charles Cressent
An Impressive  Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze and  Pietre Dure Mounted  Ebonised Bureau Plat, After a Model By Charles Cressent

MATHIEU BEFORT JEUNE (1813-1880)

An Impressive Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze and Pietre Dure Mounted Ebonised Bureau Plat, After a Model By Charles Cressent

c. 1860 France

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This important bureau plat has an exceptional pietre dure inlaid rectangular top, above a frieze containing three drawers, each finely inlaid with hardstone floral reliefs. The recessed central drawer is flanked by two finely cast bearded satyr masks and the cabriole legs headed by fine espagnolettes in the form of female figures.

The rectangular desk top is of Belgian black marble with canted corners and gilt bronze banding. The top is very finely inlaid with a central fruit and floral spray framed by a lapis lazuli strap work border with panels containing anthemion and acanthus. A wide foliate border with perched birds depicted in exotic hardstones - including: Lapis Lazuli, Malachite, Giallo di Siena, Campan green, Rouge Languedoc and Alabastro complete the decoration along with a red outer band of rouge girotte marble.

An identical bureau plat also by the celebrated ébéniste Mathieu Befort, (dit Befort Jeune), can be found in the Gilbert Collection at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London; Illustrated as item 34 in ‘Hardstones; The Gilbert Collection’, by Anna Maria Massinelli.
Massinelli, Anna Maria, The Gilbert Collection: Hardstones, London 2000, pg.106,
Item No. 34
Dimensions
Height 77.00 cm (30.31 inches)
Width 137.00 cm (53.94 inches)
Depth 75.00 cm (29.53 inches)
Stock Code
B70081
Medium
Pietre Dure, Gilt-Bronze
Signed/Inscribed
Stamped to the carcass beneath the bronze mounts and behind the pietre dure panels 'BEFORT JEUNE'.
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