The present kingwood bureau plat is a fine example for the renewed and nostalgic interest in France in the late 19th century in the styles of their past. Many of the features of the present lot, like the elegant proportions, the particular use of mounts and the square tapering legs with gilt-bronze paterae decoration at all four sides, can be found on its model safely assumed to be by Simon Oeben (1725-1786). Simon was the younger brother and follower of Jean-François Oeben in the Gobelins workshop in Paris, and the favorite ébéniste of the Duc de Choiseul, the original owner of the model, a bureau plat and cartonnier (today in the Château du Chantilly, Musée Condé).
An almost identical bureau plat can be found in the study of Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the modern Turkish nation, at Yalova which is today a museum.
For more information on Oeben, see lot 236.
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