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PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF HAROLD YOUNG

A Louis XV ormolu-mounted vernis and Chinese lacquer bureau en pente circa 1745, stamped I. Dubois JME, probably commissioned by the marchand-mercier Machart, the vernis decoration attributed to Joseph Huitre, the ormolu struck with the 'C' couronné poinçon in numerous places
Estimate
80,000120,000
LOT SOLD. 81,250 USD
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PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF HAROLD YOUNG

A Louis XV ormolu-mounted vernis and Chinese lacquer bureau en pente circa 1745, stamped I. Dubois JME, probably commissioned by the marchand-mercier Machart, the vernis decoration attributed to Joseph Huitre, the ormolu struck with the 'C' couronné poinçon in numerous places
Estimate
80,000120,000
LOT SOLD. 81,250 USD
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A Louis XV ormolu-mounted vernis and Chinese lacquer bureau en pente circa 1745, stamped I. Dubois JME, probably commissioned by the marchand-mercier Machart, the vernis decoration attributed to Joseph Huitre, the ormolu struck with the 'C' couronné poinçon in numerous places
Jacques Dubois (c. 1693-1763), maître in 1742
height 35 1/2 in.; width 31 in.; depth 17 in.
90.5 cm; 79 cm; 43.5 cm
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Provenance

D. D. Strathos, sold Baussy, Cannes, September 24-25, 1962, lot 116
The Collection of Monsieur and Madame Riahi, sold Christie's New York, November 2, 2000, lot 51 ($237,000)

Literature

Pierre Kjellberg, Le Meuble Français, Paris, 1991, p. 243, fig. 285

Catalogue Note

This bureau en pente is an exquisite example of Dubois’ fine lacquer-decorated furniture, which is characterized by meticulously worked ormolu mounts, gentle undulating lines and the seamless integration of precious oriental lacquer and French vernis. Such vernis panels were supplied by Parisian vernisseurs, whose work Dubois often combined with Chinese lacquer panels, which most often decorated the most prominent part of the bureau: the fall front. One of the vernisseurs working with Dubois was Joseph Huitre, who also manufactured panels for the marchands-merciers Poirier, Duvaux, Lebrun and Machart. Among these merchant-dealers Machart is known to have commissioned lacquer furniture from Dubois, sometimes incorporating panels by Huitre. It has been suggested that the present lot indeed contains panels en laque by Huitre and was commissioned by Machart.
Dubois is known to have executed a number of lacquer desks. The inventory drawn up after his death in 1763 lists ‘un bureau en lac de Chine’ and ‘un petite secrétaire en lac de Japon,’ each priced at 200 livres. Besides assembled pieces of furniture, the inventory also includes a large number of ormolu mounts for future works. The ormolu mounts on the present desk are struck with the ‘C’ couronné poinçon, indicating that they were produced or sold between 1745 and 1749. The mounts on the fall front are identical to those found on a small group of bureaux en pente by Dubois, one of which is in the Art Institute of Chicago (1973.385). Ladies’ desks stamped by Dubois with identical chutes and encadrements  include one formerly in the Rothschild Collection, sold Christie’s London, December 3, 1981, lot 81 and another sold Christie’s London, November 26, 1970, lot 101.

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