Pierre Kjellberg, Le Mobilier Français du XVIII siecle, Dictionnaire des Ebenistes et des Menuisiers, Paris, 1998.
Francis Watson, The Wrightsman Collection: Volume I, New York, 1966.
This piece in mahogany embellished with sumptuous gilt-bronze mounts is very much in the Russian revival style of French Louis XVI furniture which was so popular in Russian at the end of the late 18th and beginnning of the 19th century. Russia often looked to France for its inspiration and it is no coincidence that many French ébénistes and bronziers found work supplying the Russian Court and bourgeoisie with the latest French fashions. It has been suggested that the mounts on the frieze of this bureau were based on a model which was by owned by by the marchand-mercier Dominique Daguerre and distributed by him to various bronziers to cast and gild. Daguerre continued to supply furniture to Russian clients in the early 1790's and this may well explain how a bureau of Russian form came to be mounted with French bronzes.
The frieze mounts on this bureau can be found on furniture supplied by both J.H. Riesener and Adam Weisweiler at the end of the 18th century. In the Getty museum there is a secrétaire securely attributed to Riesener with the same mounts of scrolling rinceaux and trumpeting infant satyrs which was formerly in the collection of the Duke of Hamilton, who acquired it at the celebrated 1832 sale of George Watson Taylor. The Getty also possesses a porcelain-mounted secrétaire with the same mounts, this time attributed to Weisweiler and formerly in the Rothschild collection.
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