A Louis XV style gilt-bronze mounted kingwood and parquetry bureau à rognon late 19th century
10,000 - 15,000 GBP
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- Gilt-bronze, kingwood, oak
the superstructure mounted with twin-light candelabra and fitted with a clock and small compartments, the leather inset writing surface above a frieze drawer on curvilinear legs
The delightfully exaggerated bombé and serpentine curves of the present bureau are typical of the fin de siècle take on the Louis XV style of the late 19th century which fused rococo opulence with fluid Art Nouveau designs and finely cast gilt-bronze mounts. Relatable models were created by the greatest ébénistes of the period such as François Linke, Joseph-Emmanuel Zwiener and the Maison Millet. See for instance a bureau de dame by Linke (index number 707) sold Sotheby's New York, 22 October 2008, lot 180, and a bureau à rognon attributed to Théodore Millet sold Sotheby's New York, 15 April 2011, lot 297.