493
493
A fine Russian neoclassical gilt-brass-mounted mahogany bureau bookcase

early 19th century

Estimate
100,000150,000
LOT SOLD. 313,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT
493
A fine Russian neoclassical gilt-brass-mounted mahogany bureau bookcase

early 19th century

Estimate
100,000150,000
LOT SOLD. 313,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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A fine Russian neoclassical gilt-brass-mounted mahogany bureau bookcase

early 19th century

in two parts; the upper part with stepped cornice above a glazed cupboard door flanked by doors; the cylinder opening to reveal a leather-lined writing slide, pigeon holes and small drawers, the lower part with two banks of three drawers flanking a cupboard door, separated by Corinthian columns.
height 94 1/2 in.; width 52 1/2 in.; depth 27 3/4 in.
240 cm; 133 cm; 70 cm
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Catalogue Note

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.

Ariane Dandois: European Furniture, Paintings & Asian Art

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New York