PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF MARK SAYERS
with a rectangular campan mélangé marble top of break-front outline, the front centered by a medallion depicting Louis XIV flanked by swags above a cupboard door, each side with four shallow drawers, raised on a plinth base with spirally fluted feet, signed Cremer Marqueteur twice to top and once to the back, and with an inventory number V8901.
Although the origin of the present model is arguably from André-Charles Boulle's workshop, made circa 1700, it is interesting to compare the Boulle revival period that occurred during the second half of the 19th century with the earliest Boulle revival period, that occured in the 1760's, as seen in the works of cabinetmakers such as Etienne Levasseur, Philippe-Claude Montigny and Adam Weisweiler, who incorporated late 17th/early 18th century Boulle marquetry panels into new pieces of furniture. A pair of cabinets that belonged to the 4th Marquess of Hertford and now at the Wallace Collection, were lent to the Musée rétrospectif de Paris in 1865 and it was certainly from such mid 19th century exhibitions that leading French cabinetmakers drew their interest in copying and transforming this model. Here unlike many 19th century copies of the 17th and 18th century model, the present cabinet is decorated with ebony veneers solely. 18th century models can be seen at the Louvre in Paris, the Wallace Collection and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and The Metropolitain Museum and the Frick Collection in New York.
Joseph Cremer was one of the most renowned marqueteurs of the mid-nineteenth century in France. He supplied furniture to Louis-Philippe and the King of Holland. Cremer exhibited at major exhibitions, winning medals in 1839, 1844, 1849 and 1852. At the 1855 Paris Exposition Universelle he was described by the Jury as "un maître."
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