Property from a Private Italian Collection, Sotheby's London, April 28, 2016, lot 340
François Lieutaud was born around 1665 in Marseille to a family of sculptors and served as the patriarch for a long line of cabinetmakers including his son Charles and grandson Balthazar Lieutaud. Besides his lineage, little else is known about his activity. André-Charles Boulle cited Lieutaud in a legal proceeding in 1719 as an expert witness. Like Boulle, Lieutaud also produced his own high quality mounts, which can be seen on the present example.
Attractive and ready to place. In good restored condition. Seemingly original marble with some small chips and abrasions to edges. Ormolu with some oxidation and rubbing. Some age cracks. . Gilding to the fluting has been refreshed. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.