A pair of gilt-bronze-mounted tortoiseshell brass inlaid première-partie boulle marquetry and ebony meubles à hauteur d'appui by Mathieu Befort Napoleon III, circa 1860
Mathieu Befort Jeune (b. 1813) was the son of the founder of the Befort workshop, Jean-Baptiste. The latter was of Belgian origin and an ébéniste at the Garde -Meuble. Mathieu, was like his brother Bernard, an ébéniste marqueteur. He established his business in the rue Neuve-Saint-Gilles between 1844 and 1866 and he specialised pieces of furniture incorporating Boulle marquetry.
For further information on Befort Jeune see Lot 15.