Louis XV bureau plat

Louis XV bureau plat

c. 1765 France

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A fine Louis XV ormolu mounted kingwood and rosewood bureau plat. The moulded, rectangular serpentine top with a gilt-tooled brown leather writing surface, above three frieze drawers to one side and three simulated frieze drawers to the other; divided by ormolu c-scroll mounts, on cabriole legs headed by foliate mounts, terminating in ormolu sabots.
Stamped Fran├žois Reizell.

Francois Reizell was a German artisan who began working in the faubourg St. Antoine and became established in 1770 in the rue de Saint Peres. He became a master in 1765 and employed as his companion Joseph Baumhauer. His principal client was the Prince de Conde, for whom he made a number of pieces at the Palais-Bourbon, and also at Chantilles.

His work is much admired for its floral marquetry and the richness of its decoration, always considered to be both sophisticated and elegant. His later work during the 1770's and 80's was dominiated by marquetry of geometric motifs and, particularly, of trophies. His works are in the collections of the Louvre, Palais de Versailles, and the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris.
Height 31.50 inch (80.01 cm)
Width 55.90 inch (141.99 cm)
Depth 29.50 inch (74.93 cm)
Stock Code
kingwood, rosewood
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