Very high quality, courtly Louis XVI cylinder bureau - Paris, circa 1775 - attributed to Godefroy Dester




Christian Eduard Franke-Landwers Christoph Freiherr von Seckendorff


Paris, circa 1775

attributed to Godefroy Dester (he was awarded the title of master on 27 July 1774). Freely adjustable writing furniture on fluted round legs, above the five drawers of the front the rolling top with lateral trays and pull-out, gold-embossed leather writing board, the interior with drawers and document compartments, three further drawers in the top and original marble top with surrounding, finely perforated brass gallery as upper finish. Mahogany veneer, inlaid on all sides with high-quality mouldings, decorative profiles and gold-plated bronze fittings.

Height 115 cm, width 130 cm, depth 65 cm.

Salverte, Comte F. de, Les Ébénistes du XVIIIe siècle, Paris 1934, p. 90.

Kjellberg, Pierre, Le mobilier français du XVIIIe siècle, Paris 1989, pp. 258-262, especially Fig. p. 260.



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