early 19th century
This bureau bookcase is characteristic of the Russian "Jacob" style which was so fashionable in the late 18th and early 19th century. This was based largely upon the use of finely figured mahogany veneers outlined with gilt-brass or ormolu borders, however the overall design owes more to the work of David Roentgen than it does to that of the Jacob dynasty. This bookcase also reflects the influence of Christian Meyer, a German-born cabinet-maker who was greatly influenced by Roentgen's work and executed many commissions for the Imperial Court.
A comparable bureau bookcase of similar overall design, incorporating a cylinder over long drawers in a Swiss private collection is illustrated, A. Chenevière, Russian Furniture The Golden Age 1780-1840, New York, 1988, p. 125, figs. 110-111.
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